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Mask Work by John Harkey

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Mask Work by John Harkey

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Mask Work by John Harkey

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Now in its second printing, this batch of poems by John Harkey hums the way a hard drive might, its power almost at odds with its small construction.  Officially, “mask work” is a series of related images encoded  in the layers of a semiconductor chip or the relation of the images as they reflect the surface patterns of the semiconductor chip product. True to its title, these poems “process” information as much as they punctuate it.

Each poem (sometimes each line) zips us along a jagged trajectory of playful language (“An italicized hyphen hissed…”) and expertly compact syntax. We are held down by the smallness of these poems while also catapulted into the bizarre abyss of their reach. Harkey’s thinking tends toward the tiny. A caesura is carefully unhooked from the closet it usually hides in, examined, worn out, wrangled. “Principals of Art Work” excavates what we imagine to be a book's index of the same name from “values” to “vulgar.”  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Harkey lives in Atlanta, where he is a post-doc at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D in English from the CUNY Graduate Center (his dissertation, on “small poetry” in the 20th century, focused on Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, and Susan Howe). More recently, he edited a facsimile version of Niedecker’s handwritten book Homemade Poems. He also founded and runs Creature Press, a vehicle for handmade chapbooks; and some of his poems can be found in Marsh Hawk Review, EOAGH, We Are So Happy to Know Something, and 2nd Ave Poetry.

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1st Printing of Harkey's Mask Work

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Georgia Tech throws the Textile Series some love

Third-year Brittain Fellow John Harkey recently published his first chapbook of poetry with Little Red Leaves' (LRL) Textile  Series, which publishes small-run, handmade books using scrap fabrics.