Poetry          Prose          Pastels         Longpoem          Collaboration

t thilleman migrated to New York from the Mid-Western State of Wisconsin in the early 80s. His essay/poetic memoir Blasted Tower deals with aspects of biography and memory as well as an appraisal of informal education and initiation into the world of American post-modern poetries.

For a brief period thilleman worked for Pace Editions and the artist Chuck Close on handmade paper editions under the direction of master printmaker Joe Wilfer. During this same span of time, tt participated in readings at ABC NO RIO and the St. Mark’s Poetry Project while working full-time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Through-out the 90s he helped edit Poetry New York, a journal of poetry & translation and created their pamphlet series. thilleman also participated in the Live Art Workshop that originated out of the Kraine Theater/KGB Bar on East 4th Street, opposite La Mama La Galleria in New York City’s East Village.

 

From that experience he wove together many short notebook entries for what he would later term strophaic transcriptions (strophaics, for short, combining the word mosaic with strophe), whose main poetic reality was generated from the “overheard” and the “overseen.” Hannah Weiner commented on an early collection of strophaics, noticing similarities to her own “clairvoyent” writing style saying, “In The Corybantes he continues with a longer more definitive book,” urging the reader to “not be left behind.”

 

t thilleman is the author of a novel, Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen, as well as many poetry collections, most recently Wik’d Ogdoad, poems and sequences drawn from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

t thilleman is the author of a novel, Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen, as well as many poetry collections, most recently Wik’d Ogdoad, poems and sequences drawn from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Snailhorn (fragments) and its companion book of drawings, Entering Yoni Space On The Pouring Pivot Of My Own Lingaraj, initiated a sequence of definitions for vedic histories centered in the Yab Yum.

 

Three Sea Monsters (Our History of Whose Image) presents journal entries and poetic sequences to investigate the legacy of Pound’s redactions to Fenollosa’s original manuscript version of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry.

 

A longpoem, Anatomical Sketches, has seen 7 books make their appearance, Pebble Sketches being the most recent, to which Moira corresponds in large measure.

 

The Special Body (Rain Mntn, 2016), a booklength essay on “prophetic poetry/art” adds to his prose commentaries on poets poetries and poeticks begun with Blasted Tower (Shakespeare & co. 2014).

 

A survey of selected poems, published and unpublished, Aura Lifetime, is forthcoming.

 

Book 8 of the longpoem Anatomical Sketches, Keystone Standstill, is in transmission.

 

tt continues to collaborate with j/j hastain and their Tongue a Queer Anomaly, a glossary of re-verbalized vocabularies, is available from SD. A series of questions addressed to a devotee of Gaia, a work in progress entitled Priest/ess and authored by j/j, will also appear in three volumes from Spuyten Duyvil early in 2016.

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