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Across the Big Map by Ruth Altmann ACROSS THE BIG MAP
Ruth Altmann
116 pages, paperback
Cover by Carol Altmann Pinsky
ISBN: 0-935992-21-9
Copyright 2004
$12.00
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A first book by 82-year old New York poet Ruth Altmann, Across the Big Map consists of poems, memoirs and imaginary letters (to, among others, the poet's first teachers, Robert Penn Warren and Allen Tate). Altmann has for many years been a member of the community of writers centered around The Poetry Project in New York. READ MORE...


Join The Planets by Reed Bye JOIN THE PLANETS:
NEW & SELECTED POEMS

Reed Bye
226 pages, paperback
Cover by Donna Dennis
ISBN: 0-935992-23-5
Copyright 2005
$14.00
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Reed Bye's poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, among them Out of This World, The Angel Hair Anthology, Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, Sleeping on the Wing and Civil Disobediences. His previous books include Some Magic at the Dump, Erstwhile Charms, Border Theme, Heart's Bestiary and Passing Freaks and Graces. Join the Planets contains a generous selection from his earlier books, plus almost one hundred pages of new poems. READ MORE...


PERSONAL EFFECTS
Charlotte Carter
93 pages, paperback
Cover by Angela Fremont
ISBN: 0-935992-16-2
Copyright 1991
$10.00
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A collection of stories and journals by a writer whose underground reputation has become legendary since her first book, Sheltered Life, appeared in 1975, and whose most recent book, Rhode Island Red, was published by Serpent's Tail in 1997. Charlotte Carter's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She is the recipient of a CAPS award in fiction and a Foundation in Poetry grant. READ MORE...


SOLUTION SIMULACRA
Gloria Frym
74 pages, paperback
Cover by Amy Trachtenberg
ISBN: 0-935992-39-1
Copyright 2006
$14.00
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Gloria Frym was born in Brooklyn and lives in Berkeley. Her last book of poems, Homeless At Home, won an American Book Award. She is the author of two critically collections of short stories, Distance No Object and How I Learned, as well as several volumes of poetry, and essays, reviews and articles on literature, photography and other visual media. She teaches at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. READ MORE...


CLEARVIEW/LIE
Ted Greenwald
200 pages, paperback
Cover by Hal Saulson
ISBN: 0-935992-28-6
Copyright 2011
$16.00
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Ted Greenwald's Clearview/LIE is a memoir, of sorts - a portrait of the poet as a young man gathering information and harboring knowledge. This book can also be read as an ars poetica, though nowhere does Greenwald make the mistake of confining it in a summation. Offering impressions, observations, side-bars, "takes," propositions, he writes of things that have given him pause. READ MORE...


ABSOLUTELY EDEN
Bobbie Louise Hawkins
89 pages, paperback
Cover photograph by
Jane Dalrymple-Hollo
ISBN: 0-935992-35-9
Copyright 2008
$14.00
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A book of monologues written for a one-woman show that Hawkins performed in 2001 and 2002 at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Naropa University in Boulder, and at Joe's Pub in New York. "Much of this book," Hawkins writes, "is made up of re-drafted pieces taken from those shows." Bobbie Louise Hawkins was raised in West Texas, studied art in London (the Slade) and taught in British Honduras. She attended University in Tokyo (Jochi Dai Gaku), while acting on the stage and radio. She has published fifteen books of prose and poetry. READ MORE...


DIGIGRAM
Barbara Henning
76 pages, paperback
Cover photo by Allen Saperstein
ISBN: 0-935992-50-2
Copyright 2020
$16.00
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"Barbara Henning's Digigram is unrelenting in its collaging of reality, visions, and thought buds. Sometimes diaristic and newsy, this is edgy poetry that moves beyond the tricks of fashion. An agitated style centralizes the subjects - heartless immigration policies, women's rights, weather, racism, virulent patriarchy, compromised democracy, family, daily life, sex, spirituality. In this book we get glimpses of Henning's assertive and experiential humanism. Pointedly political. Digigram is the work of a major writer." Uche Nduka READ MORE...


LOVE MAKES
THINKING DARK
Barbara Henning
85 pages, paperback
Cover by Miranda Maher
ISBN: 0-935992-03-0
Copyright 1995
$7.00
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The first full-length collection of poems by the editor of Long News: In the Short Century (a journal of writing and art). Barbara Henning's poetry, fiction and critical writing has been published in numerous magazines, including Fiction International, The World and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A book of prose poems, Smoking in the Twilight Bar, was published by United Artists Books in 1984. READ MORE...


SMOKING IN THE
TWILIGHT BAR
Barbara Henning
92 pages, paperback
Cover by Harriette Hartigan
ISBN: 0-935992-077
Copyright 1988
$5.00
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"Smoking in the Twilight Bar is a collection of tales of the nocturnal lives of working women, an intelligent and sensitive portrayal of the urban night. Moving from bars to poolhalls to bedrooms, the stories are of violence and sexuality, understood but not judged. Like glimpses from the street through lighted windows, these brief paragraphs are at first discontinuous; they evolve, gradually, into narrative the way lives come together to make a city." Charles Baxter READ MORE...


SHUT UP, LEAVES
Tony Iantosca
96 pages, paperback
Cover by Zachary Cummings
ISBN: 0-935992-42-1
Copyright 2015
$15.00
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"The poet-voyeur in Shut Up, Leaves walks his reader into a world of senseless losses and discrepancies. We go along, each poem a door to a new labyrinth of paradoxical situations, and we believe we are really heading somewhere. Iantosca's poems are compelling in their imaginative engagement with language and emotion, and they make us rethink the way we see and live in the world. This is a necessary book." Barbara Henning READ MORE...


POEMS FOR THE
WHOLE FAMILY
Daniel Krakauer
86 pages, paperback
Cover by Dave Barkin
ISBN: 0-935992-00-6
Copyright 1994
$7.00
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"Krakauer's style is somewhere between automatic writing and crafted satire. His is a narrative voice seasoned with nonsense. Some of the tones of detective and science fiction adapt well to his usage. The hardboiled and the preposterous dovetail with his reality but never supersede the awareness of physical longing, which is not made in heaven. What he is about is alertness and knowing. It is astonishing how contemporary his poetry continues to be, especially those poems written before 1960." John Godfrey READ MORE...


HEAD
Bill Kushner
82 pages, paperback
Cover by Bernadette Mayer
ISBN: 0-935992-07-3
Copyright 1986
$5.00
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"Bill Kushner's Head more than alludes to the night demimonde; his book is an extended exploration of back alleys and sex bars where the poet searches for love and beauty and himself. Sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes frightening and sometimes outrageously funny... Kushner never swerves from what he is really seeing, thinking and feeling. Writing this sort of poetry dictates an absolute unflappable honesty and a ready sense of humor. Kushner succeeds. In his persona as night stalker and sexual outlaw, we believe him..." Paul Genega, Washington Review of the Arts READ MORE...


LOVE UNCUT
POEMS: 1986
Bill Kushner
85 pages, paperback
Cover by Louise Hamlin
ISBN: 0-935992-00-6
Copyright 1990
$10.00
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In addition to his eight books of poems, Bill Kushner has worked as a playwright, actor, and director at the New York Theatre Ensemble and Theater Genesis in New York. "Bill Kushner's streetwise joie de vivre observations charm the hardest of macho hearts. Frank O'Hara would surely approve. These energetic "songs of a goof" are sheer gravy heaven." Anne Waldman


THAT APRIL
Bill Kushner
89 pages, paperback
Cover by Donna Cartelli
ISBN: 0-935332-1-1
Copyright 2000
$10.00
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"That April is a spectacular book. Bill Kushner writes poems made out of fluttering wings. His poet walks the street reading teeshirts, stays home and remembers "there was an old man here before me." He makes tea and toasts his own splendiferous aging. These are such warm, horny, homey, lovely human poems. His dying father crying "Hold me!" and a much much younger man (Kushner's then lover) slip in and out of this collection of lyrics. The world is a luminous empty human body changing hands or souls. Reading this I don't feel alone, then I do." Eileen Myles READ MORE...


ONE AT A TIME
Gary Lenhart
76 pages, paperback
Cover by Louise Hamlin
ISBN: 978-0-935992-06-9
Copyright 1983
$10.00
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"He's a nice fella, don't talk much, when he does, good to be with     And so the poems     And so     So each time it's different, the cup of coffee     Poems, One At A Time, add up to something     The eyes watch houris, and have it, and make them dancers, since bare twigs pulsate with success     To want to do something     To do it     To learn how to do what we want to do     Launching a fast boat on the ramp of the pronouns     Belief on the job's curvy     Each moment believes the eyes." Ted Greenwald   READ MORE...


ANOTHER SMASHED PINECONE
Bernadette Mayer
83 pages, paperback
Cover by Sophia Warsh
ISBN: 978-0-935992-20-0
Copyright 1998
$15.00
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A new collection of poems, consisting of previously unpublished work dating from 1975-1993, by one of the premiere experimental writers of the last twenty years. Described by The Washington Post as "one of the most original writers of her generation," Mayer is the author of The Bernadette Mayer Reader (New Directions), Proper Name (New Directions), Mid-Winter Day (Turtle Island), The Golden Book of Words (Angel Hair), Sonnets (Tender Buttons), The Desire of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (Hard Press), and numerous other collections of prose and poetry. READ MORE...


GENET AT METTRAY:
SELECTED PLAYS
Dennis Moritz
316 pages, paperback
Cover by Pamela Lawton
ISBN: 0-935992-45-6
Copyright 2018
$19.00
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"Dennis Moritz' Genet at Mettray is both brutally real and surreal. The two styles merge and separate like dancers in a pas de deux. Moritz' play duplicates the changing emotional states of his central character through his own poetic sensibility. However, the play is neither pretentious nor insular. It is a powerful rendering of helplessness and redemption of a character whose demons are real even when internal. The play is an extraordinarily sensitive and evocative treatment of Genet, whose life was as fascinating as his plays." Robert Hedley READ MORE...


SOMETHING TO
HOLD ON TO
Dennis Moritz
126 pages, paperback
Cover by Pamela Lawton
ISBN: 0-935992-01-4
Copyright 1995
$8.00
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"His plays are square in the face of society, which is where Dennis Moritz is, full of humor, elbows and mesmerizing love of language. Something To Hold On To contains one of the most riveting monologues to be seen in contemporary theater; although we seem to have forgotten what the word means, I would call it 'beautiful.' And as for Mr. Moritz, I'd call him courageous, to be smithing such plays in an anti-poetic era. Bravo." Bob Holman READ MORE...


EARLY EXITS
KB Nemcosky
151 pages, paperback
Cover by Gary Nemcosky
ISBN: 0-935992-44-8
Copyright 2018
$15.00
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"Enter from around any New York City corner with KB Nemcosky's Early Exits, where the vibrant life at every cross street keeps opening and opening. What seems like a nostalgic moment quickly becomes the beginning of something new in the cosmic mix and measure - of our mayors, billionaires, seagulls, protests, saints, hard hats, poets, artists, plumbers, musicians, even our losses. Early Exits is a compelling record of Nemcosky's compassionate celebration of daily life." Barbara Henning READ MORE...


FOOL CONSCIOUSNESS
Liam O'Gallagher
102 pages, paperback
Cover and illustrations by
Liam O'Gallagher
ISBN: 0-935992-09-X
Copyright 1986
$5.00
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Liam O'Gallagher (October 2, 1917 - December 4, 2007) was an avant-garde sound artist, painter, writer, and teacher. His influences -- and his influence on others -- spanned decades. O'Gallagher displayed a knack for being in the right place at the right time. In three years, from 1945 to 1948, he lived among other artists and writers in Monterey Peninsula, studied Abstract Expressionism with Hans Hoffman in New York, and by 1948 was back in California, where he taught art at Ojai's Happy Valley School founded by J. Krishnamurti and Aldous Huxley. READ MORE...


TOOT SWEET
Daniel Owen
64 pages, paperback
Cover by Pareesa Pourian
ISBN: 0-935992-41-3
Copyright 2015
$15.00
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"Toot Sweet, Daniel Owen's exquisitely scaled long poem full of jaunts and song and a wry foregrounding of diction, strums delight. And values bewilderment. And acknowledges, without giving into, the power of despair. Its line--the sense of where you are in a poem--goes horizontal when you think you've caught its rhythm, never settles, is unmachine-like and possessed by touch. This makes for a pleasure-giving, complex, and quite beautiful read, open to anyone who looks for such qualities in this world. Anselm Berrigan READ MORE...


MORNING RITUAL
Lisa Rogal
112 pages, paperback
Cover by Leonardo Madriz
ISBN: 978-0-935992-37-3
Copyright 2015
$15.00
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"Anything can happen in Morning Ritual, and it does: a cold water tap leads one to contemplate murder and a lost cell phone communicates more by its absence than presence. Lisa Rogal's remarkable and strikingly original poems play with form and narrative, spinning the daily quotidian of thoughts, random connections and events into gold." Brenda Coultas READ MORE...


ALONG THE RAILS
Elio Schneeman
76 pages, paperback
Cover by Pamela Lawton
ISBN: 0-939992-14
Copyright 1991
$10.00
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"Elio Schneeman turns some interesting corners in Along The Rails. His writing is strong, often quite sophisticated. He is sometimes boyish or raw, but he writes smart, and his perceptions of feeling-real feeling, oblique feeling- are only self-conscious enough to be smartly written. I am impressed by how substantial he sounds, and how solitary." John Godfrey READ MORE...


CONTINUITY GIRL
Chris Tysh
86 pages, paperback
Cover by Janet Hamrick
ISBN: 0-935992-10-3
Copyright 1998
$12.00
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"Bold, erudite, witty, feminist and elegantly elegiac, Continuity Girl is a sweet surrender that works on the senses with its consummate dissonance and fierce lingual passion. The language moves and jags are revelatory: "She is tired/of explaining the etymology/I hear it now: ska yellow fufu/sucking teeth in/between bites." Chris Tysh rules with this major collection." Anne Waldman READ MORE...


NIGHT SCALES:
A FABLE FOR KLARA K
Chris Tysh
74 pages, paperback
Cover art by Christian Boltanski
Photograph by Robert Keziere
Design by Hazel Blake
ISBN: 0-935992-40-5
Copyright 2010
$14.00
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"In Tysh's tough, visceral, lacerating text, we bear witness to a surreal poetry for the stage, reminiscent of Buchner, Artaud and Genet. Night Scales is a compassionate, devastating tale of death and survival by those who '...ate the bruises and drank the hurt in a long swallow.'" Charles Borkhuis READ MORE...


ECHOLALIA
George Tysh
75 pages, paperback
Cover by George Tysh
ISBN: 0-935992-17-0
Copyright 1992
$7.00
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"The question, 'What do men want?' is answered in Echolalia with an erotic diction which bites back. The lines break and reread themselves. They recombine. Response is solicited, imagined, narrated, pronounced, initialed. A hot, peopled world is presented with formal precision. Nouns are proffered in all their tight physicality. Verbs are paradise." Laura Moriarty READ MORE...


THE IMPERFECT
George Tysh
92 pages, paperback
Drawings by Janet Hamrick
Design by Hazel Blake
ISBN: 0-935992-33-2
Copyright 2010
$14.00
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George Tysh is the author of numerous books of poems, including Ovals and Echolalia. He was co-editor, with David Ball, of Blue Pig Magazine and has collaborated with conceptual artists Christian Boltanski and Sarkis. From 1980 to 1991, he directed LINES: New Writing at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and (with Chris Tysh) edited In Camera, a project devoted to works of the sexual imaginary. He currently teaches at the Roeper School in Birmingham, Michigan. The Imperfect is his first full-length collection of poems since 1992. READ MORE...


DON'T DRINK POISON
Sarah Anne Wallen
108 pages, paperback
Cover by Alyssa Matthews
ISBN: 978-0-935992-38-0
Copyright 2015
$15.00
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"Within precise line lengths, Sarah Anne Wallen finds the music of uneven experience, erasing the false hierarchy between "song" and "speech" with poetry that speaks/sings, harshly, beautifully, from the page. Her "great honesty" may get her into "real trouble," but it's the sort of necessary trouble that stirs up language into something that may actually be "part of and apart from everything." May all your doses of her work be wild." Marcella Durand READ MORE...


THE MAHARAJAH'S SON
Lewis Warsh
110 pages, paperback
Cover by Rosemary Mayer
ISBN: 0-935992-46-4
Copyright 1977
$10.00
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"I assembled this book of letters in Stinson Beach, 1971-'72. I wanted to write something autobiographical about the years 1960-'65, but couldn't do it. Then I remembered that I'd saved all the letters from the people I knew during that time. They were in the back of a closet in my parents' apartment. My mother sent them to me and I saw the book immediately. I simply organized the letters into years, 1960-'65, and transcribed them. I had an electric typewriter and I'm a fast typist. There was very little editing. I think I omitted some things, but I never rewrote anything." READ MORE...


WU GOING THERE
Phyllis Wat
72 pages, paperback
Cover design by
Noam Scheindlin
Caligraphy by
Zu Dong Guan
ISBN: 978-0-93599-28-1
Copyright 2015
$15.00
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"There is in Phyllis Wat's language a kind of silken power - delicate, strong and flexible. Wu going there offers poems that examine her varied interests in physics, Chinese language, dance, literary delight and loss and the questions of the domestic. She has mastered the meditative in poems that combine philosophical consideration with dreamscape as in the series of poems based on her reading of / traveling with Bolano. She can turn, spin and explode a phrase: 'the rubber band is / a vibrating string of theory' or 'Sofa, a thirteen minute / walk in the rain.' Her poems delight but they can also harrow, as with 'In Green Begin' which powerfully explores violence and its impact. Phyllis Wat is in full control in service to her art and craft." Patricia Spears Jones READ MORE...


THE FAST
Hannah Weiner
43 pages, paperback
Cover by Anne Tardos
ISBN: 0-939992-24-3
Copyright 1992
$15.00
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Hannah Weiner has been able to convert her unique experiences with clairvoyance into highly original writing that defies classification. The Fast, written in 1970, is one of her earliest texts, and traces the development of her clairvoyance from sensing indistinct auras to seeing pictures, to finally receiving words and short phrases. These words have appeared in colors, in pure light, and as if written in pencil. Ranging from mundane observation to sublime, often beautiful passages, Weiner's work is always fascinating and worth reading. READ MORE...


ALPHA DONUT
Matvei Yankelevich
112 pages, paperback
Cover by Nora Griffin
ISBN: 0-935992-29-4
Copyright 2012
$16.00
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Alpha Donut: The Selected Shorter Works of Matvei Yankelevich collects poems and prose texts written over the course of the first eleven years of the millennium. Alpha Donut rolls out a pastiche of works from several serial projects (such as Writing in the Margin or The Bar Poems) and unpublished fragments that thread together swaths of stand-alone poems. Many of these pieces have appeared in progressive literary journals and little magazines. They are now, for the first time, gathered together in a practical volume for fans and newcomers alike. READ MORE...


BACKLIST
CONTACT UNITED ARTISTS BOOKS FOR AVAILABILITY

- Judyism, Jim Brodey
- The California Papers, Steve Carey
- Columbus Square Journal, William Corbett
- My Autobiography, Barbara Henning
- The Golden Book of Words, Bernadette Mayer
- Red Book in Three Parts, Bernadette Mayer
- Songs for the Unborn Second Baby, Alice Notley
- Political Conditions / Physical States, Tom Savage
- Selected Poems, Charlie Vermont
- Blue Mosque, Anne Waldman
- Information From the Surface of Venus, Lewis Warsh
- A Free Man, Lewis Warsh
- The Origin of the World, Lewis Warsh
- Reported Missing, Lewis Warsh
- The Influence of Paintings Hung in Bedrooms, Phyllis Wat


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United Artists Books has published numerous books, some of which are no longer in print. Among our authors are Robert Creeley, James Schuyler, Alice Notley, David Rosenberg, Ron Padgett, Charlotte Carter, Lorenzo Thomas, Tom Clark, Ted Berrigan, Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson, Hannah Weiner, Anne Waldman, John Wieners and Clark Coolidge.

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