Christopher Stackhouse, a writer and painter living and working in New
York City is: a Cave Canem Writers Fellow; A poetry editor for Fence
Magazine; and a 2005 Fellow in Poetry from The New York Foundation for
the Arts. His poems and drawings have been published in art/lit
journals Aufgabe, Fence, nocturnes (re)view of literary arts,
Encyclopedia, Indiana Review, THIS, Bridge, and Hambone, among others.
He hosts and coordinates the reading series "First Tuesday's Reading
Series with Christopher Stackhouse at Zieher-Smith Gallery," a monthly
poetry venue in Chelsea: and is co-curator of The Center for Book Arts
Broadside Reading Series 2005. He is co-author of a limited edition
hand crafted artist book Seismosis (The Center for Book Arts,2003),
which features selected drawings in collaboration with writer John
Keene's selected texts. Seismosis Complete Drawings and Texts will be
published in spring of 2006 by 1913 press. Slip (Corollary Press,
2005), Stackhouse's first published collection of poems, a chapbook,
debuts this fall.
*section one from FISTULA*
by Christopher Stackhouse
Fistula posit "fisting"
itinerant "slip" caroused
all be it detectable, "pre-histor
-ical" like ice
bending to sputter "so you've read
the corrections" [insert][sic]
camouflaged impressive "contraband"
given to " a light rise" taught in hand,
what's in hand suffers "pinkly"
while missing its speller (neck and head
the keys to the elevator dropped
in a shaft of code behold news reel
encoded "above law" decode "pinkly"
after cause hope cuddled by "warm earth"
forcibly for centuries (about 5 or so)
for this, a "composite profile"
READ FIRST ( ) then think
"Broken Intellect" parse/scold
bolster amnesia as fact = effective loss (pausing
"Liberty or Death" its counterpart
in contemporary terms "Retention"
of course thematic iteration found in
"placelessness" or here two feet (or more)
reading/red of originality
born a shitty mess placed.