058: Jesse Glass – After Heraclitus


Jesse Glass – After Heraclitus. Fossil facsimilies with fragmentary poetic etchings, accompanied by book, presented in a box and black organza bag, in a strictly limited edition of five. Also available as book only. Click here to read a sample of the text.

After Heraclitus is a meditation on social class (as reflected in language), language (as reflected in itself), (history of science), (philosophy as graffiti, and graffiti philosophy), (translation as graffiti), (paleontology as found art), (paleontology as evidence of auto-generative form in lower types of matter), (paleontology as evidence of panspermia), (paleontology as proof of the gods), (cosmological time, geological time and human time), (the ethics of graffiti), (the ethics of science), (the ethics of art), (the maintenance of form in fire, in liquids, and in liquid-acting solids), and living things that maintain form, yet can be perceived as ever-moving liquids.

All the fossil sets are now sold out, but the book is still available for £5 within the UK or £8 elsewhere.

All prices include postage.

Jesse Glass is the author of Still Life With Dragonfly-from Cervena Barva Press, Small Escapes For Tiny Readers, (forthcoming Ekleksographia), Black Out in My Left Eye, Selections from The Life and Death of Peter Stubbe, Charm For SurvivorsTwo—all from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press–Lost Poet; Four Plays, from BlazeVox; The Passion of Phineas Gage and Selected Poems (West House/ Ahadada).  Glass’ work has appeared in a large number of anthologies including Visiting Walt from the University of Iowa Press, and his poetry and writing has been featured in publications ranging from The New England Review/ Bread Loaf Quarterly and Origin, to Hambone, Exquisite Corpse, and Lou Rowan’s Golden Handcuffs Review.  On-line publications include Ubu-Web, Penn Sound (University of Pennsylvania), Jacket, John Tranter’s Journal of Poetics Research.  His literary manuscripts, publications, and papers are archived at The Hornbake Library, Special Collections, University of Maryland, College Park. He lives with his family in Japan.


David Collard (TLS writer) on Glass’ performance at Free Verse Festival 2014 (London) and his earlier zimzalla production Play [Day] for [Of] the Dead: A [Decryptive] Dance For Mirror and Word (025).

“[two impressive readings]…the second by the American poet Jesse Glass, who had arrived that morning from Japan (where he teaches) and, clobbered by jet lag and with only ten minutes in which to make a big impression, made a big impression. His voice was a modulated growl reminding me of the late Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart. Between poems he scrabbled intermittently in a briefcase for more sheets of his dense cryptic verses, which he delivered like a tub-thumping preacher man.

After the reading I bought his latest collection Selections from The Life and Death of Peter Stubbe (weirdly dated 2015 by his publisher, Knives Forks and Spoons Press), which includes colour reproductions of the author’s unsettling Blake-inspired paintings (now in the Tate Britain collection). The title is a reference to the ‘Werewolf of Bedburg’, a ghastly 17th century tale of lycanthropy, and is a redacted and reworked version of a poem originally written in the early 1980s. Also on sale was his Play [Day] for [Of] the Dead: A [Decryptive] Dance For Mirror and Word (‘Inverted text to be read with a mirror. Comes in a miniature wooden or cardboard coffin with book, image, gold mirror, skeleton and skull bracelet.’) Tempting, but I’d already overspent my modest budget on a dozen generously discounted books and pamphlets.”