About the Book
In the preface to POTPOURRI A PRIORI, poet Dylan Swift writes:
“While humanity’s unique capacity for poetry, whether written or spoken, is what most defines our humanness, poetry itself is not easily def ined. Poetry is rarely history––presenting facts; rather it is more akin to fiction––presenting feelings, imaginings, whims of the heart. Perhaps it best helps to think of poetry as dwelling in an illusive world of abstraction, where mysteriously there occurs a willful accruing of words, words chosen not soley for their meanings but also for their timbre and appearance on the page, with the potential for building up phrase by phrase, line by line, with blocks of stanzas emerging, possibly rhyming or having meter or possibly neither, culminating eventually in a matrix of ideas and logic, with all that implies–– observation, argumentation, and most of all, aff irmation.”
With each poem herein, Dylan Swift has created minimal, surreal, fragmentary wordplay that speaks with wit, irony and circumspection to the mystery of human existence in an impersonal universe.
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, Smithsonian, and numerous private collections. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. Recent publications AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, PERAMBULATIONS, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, WEB.CAM, SHADOWLIGHT, DELTA, OZARKS, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.