Rule of Composition by Steve Timm
Madison poet Steve Timm has been called “a legend” because of his adventurous poetry and electrifying performative readings. His new book, Rule of Composition, just out from Bananaquit Press, is the ultimate instantiation of both, a livingbreathing enactment of almost unimaginable linguistic explosions, transporting the English language into almost other-worldly forms and sounds and multplicities of meaning. The 100 poems were written to the music of the Cecil Taylor Feel Trio, and to read them—and they are best read aloud—is to experience a verion of the ecstatic state of on-the-spot composition. It is a book of relentless and exhilarating adventure and surprise.