North River Rundown (2012)
Poems by Joel Lewis with Photos by Monica Claire Antonie. In memory of Michael Reardon. Cover by Read Myles (redone by Monica Claire Antonie). 54 pages, 300 copies, 6x9 Printed at Warwick Press, Warwick, NY
ISBN# 978-0-615-71536-0 $25.00 (includes S/H)
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Joel Lewis is the author of Surrender When Leaving Coach (Hanging Loose, 2012). He has edited the selected talks of Ted Berrigan, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and an anthology of contemporary New Jersey poets.
A Book Party for North River Rundown - featuring Joel Lewis and Annabel Lee (author of Basket) - was held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 Watchung Bookshop 54 Fairfield St, Montclair, New Jersey Here Joel Reading in Warwick, NY // watch
A highly caffeinated revival of the urban open-field gambol: no form suits New Jersey as well. The poet is never at his desk, for the fact is, “SCHOOL IS BORING.” “The Attic Which Is Desire” became “Tambourine Life” and then this poem of the late Quaternary Era, in which the poet’s constantly in transit as he mindfully tracks his moves engraving them in stone. North River Rundown is a joyous Ode to Everything, because “No matter what you do with it,a down coat is never flattering.” -- Alice Notley
In North River Rundown Joel Lewis sketches out the ever-changing unwritten zoning laws of collective mental space. Anarcho-Communalist Murray Bookchin has his place and so does The Cake Boss. Lewis takes the #46 bus right past the contagious hospital all the way to the Truancy Center while thinking through the prosody of the curbs. Between Dunkaccinos he raises himself up to an approximate co-extension with the universe. -- Arlo Quint