Perfect bound, full color
182 pages, 6" x 8"
Publication Date: 28 Mar 2015
Ebenkamp cracks open the mundane with dry humor and uncanny horror. This collection of poems is densely packed and of psychedelic duration. "Between boredom and shock we oscillate" in a data-rich language forest continually interrupted by bursts of scrawling, full-color text art.
Praise for TDTRTLTS:
The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen is a saw-wave feed of resonant channels “beyond the chalky susurrating din.” Ebenkamp’s language, as glitchy as it is determined, bursts in and out of Magic-Eye focus like the melodies found in tape collage.
The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen combines Paul Ebenkamp’s original, color-splattered poem-drawings with a variety of poems in short forms and long. It’s an engaging mix that introduces one of the more profoundly original poets of California in his first full-length book. His poetic starts where others come to a dumb conclusion, to guarantee that no structure of language or song escapes interrogation. As an artist, Ebenkamp takes his cues from figures various as Kenneth Patchen. Kay Rosen, Lorna Simpson, Christopher Wool; as a poet, he’s like no one else I can think of, a joker, a Cavalier, a duke and an occultist—the whole cast of Lear rolled into one slow blast of light and sound.
I like to think of the “screen” in Paul Ebenkamp’s extraordinary The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen as both the surface upon which word-pictures are projected and the mesh through which we gaze out onto the field of noisy empiricism, “fused to the present / but not to its tense”. These agile, inquisitive, and singular poems shine the spectrum on every surface, gathering form and form’s feeling with “all ears / to the obdurate halcyon”.
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photo by Alan Bernheimer
PAUL EBENKAMP is author of The Louder the Room the Darker the Screen (TIL, 2015), "Four Colors for the Based God" (The Equalizer: Second Series, 2014), "Seizured in the Ease" (Mondo Bummer, 2013) and everything at afterundisclosedrecipients.blogspot.com, and is editor of Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (co-edited with Robert Hass, Counterpoint, 2014), Particulars of Place: New Poems by Richard O. Moore (co-edited with Brenda Hillman and Garrett Caples, Omnidawn Press, 2015), The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder and the Practice of the Wild(Counterpoint, 2010) and Song of Myself: Selected Poems and a Lexicon of Walt Whitman (co-edited with Robert Hass, Counterpoint 2009). A play, "You Have to Take Care of My Work Together", was performed with SPT Poet's Theater in 2012. Recent poems are in Dusie and Where Eagles Dare. As Position he makes music with strings and devices. With Andrew Kenower he curates the Woolsey Heights reading series in Berkeley CA.