David Hadbawnik’s new book, Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems 1997-2010, has just been released from BlazeVOX [books] and can be purchased here. Field Work is an astonishing book packed with surprises, fresh from start to finish. Well worth getting your hands on, especially at the discounted price of $10.00!
Kevin Killian says: “In San Francisco, Austin and Buffalo a chiel’s among ye taking notes. David Hadbawnik like James Boswell has a knack for capturing all the things we wish we had said, as well as the street talk which shows up our culture as indescribably banal and fertile. On his way to developing a unique poetic, Hadbawnik kept writing it down; these twelve years of flaneuring perform a voyage of their own, a powerful and mysterious walk toward unknowing.”
Kent Johnson says: “The notebooks of Kafka and the late meditations of Wittgenstein echo deep inside David Hadbawnik’s marvelous Field Work, whose investigations collect into something like a scrolling wunderkammer of anecdotal revelation. Or into a tour-de-force ostranenie of the quotidian, one might say . . . Which is to say, and more plainly, I suppose, that in these quasi-aphoristic sallies, daily moments are never quite what they first seem, almost infolding much more than what we all almost always assume them to hold. So Hadbawnik looks carefully and insistently. And he does so again and again. And the mundane unfolds its mysteries. ‘One minute in the life of the world is going by. Paint it as it is,’ says Cezanne. That is the writer’s ethic here, and the result is nothing less than a strange, serial, and many-chambered gift. We haven’t had a truly great ‘poet’s daybook’ for quite some time, one that enacts a poetic. Here you are.”
138 pages / $10.00 (normally $16.00) / an immediate necessity . . .
David Hadbawnik is the author of Ovid in Exile (Interbirth Books, 2007) and a regular contributor to SOUS LES PAVÉS. You can learn more about David and stay abreast of his work by visiting Primitive Information.