Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Medium is the Muse

So, I have another new book in print now, this time a co-edited anthology of creative work entitled The Medium is the Muse [Channeling Marshall McLuhan]. It's a collection of poetry, poetics, creative writing, and cartoons, co-edited by the celebrated poet, and scholar of media poetics, communication theory, and media ecology, Adeena Karasick. Here's the cover, which is very, very cool:

And in case you're wondering whose picture that is, yes indeed, it is a very young, college age Marshall McLuhan. It's from a photograph that has not previously been seen publicly, and is used here by permission of the McLuhan Estate, with all rights reserved and all that jazz.

And just for good measure, here are a couple more versions of it:

And yeah, those are the links for buying either a soft or hardcover version of the book. So c'mon, what are you waiting for? Maybe a little more information? Well, here's the write-up from NeoPoiesis Press:

Oracle of the electronic age, Marshall McLuhan believed artists could wake us and offer new windows into the world. This diverse collection brings together twenty-nine poets, writers, and artists who channel McLuhan as both medium and muse. Like McLuhan's work, this volume will delight, divert, provoke, incite and inspire readers to channel McLuhan in their own imagination and creative endeavors.

So you can see that aside from the whatever value you might place on the editors, we have contributions from none other than Tom Wolfe, not to mention Elizabeth McLuhan (one of Marshall's daughter's), rock musician John Watts, and many others. And it's tempting to list everyone again, but how about I give you the Table of Contents instead? Here you go:



The medium is 
Lance Strate 

brush up on yr mcluhan / start dewing it now th medium 
bill bissett 

Tom Wolfe 

Man Made Whole Again 
Tom Wolfe 

All the Information in the Sun 
Robert Priest 

Short Sound Play 
Robert Priest 

Robert Priest 

It Came One Day 
 Elizabeth McLuhan 

Self Reflection 
Elizabeth McLuhan 

To Sit 
Elizabeth McLuhan 

Chop Gently 
Elizabeth McLuhan 

The Purple Rose of Brooklyn Or, Meeting Marshall McLuhan
(With a Little Help From Mayan Apocalypse Planet X/Nibiru) 
Marleen Barr 

McLuhan Kaleidoscope 
Mary Ann Allison 

Flash in the Pan 
John McDaid 

Tony Burgess 

dear marshall i know you 
Stephen Roxborough 

Marshalling McLuhan 
Lillian Allen 

Peter Montgomery 

Messy Necessity 
Adeena Karasick 

In My Blogal Village, Print is Hot 
Adeena Karasick 

Your Leaky Day 
Adeena Karasick 

BW Powe 

BW Powe 

William Marshe 

Constitution of Silence 
Steve Szewczok 

we, the real mad poets 
Jill McGinn 

Late Summer Twilight 
Jerry Harp 

Pegged to Invisible Consequences 
John Oughton 

McLuhan’s Bride 
David Bateman 

The Mechanical Bride’s Consolation 
Michelle Anderson 

Curriculum Vitae 
Alexandra Oliver 

M.F.M.: Media Friend Marshall 
Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott 

I Wouldn't Have Seen It If I Hadn't Believed It: A Probe Poem 
Andrea Thompson 

Dear Mr. Mössbauer, are you online? 
Dale Winslow 

Silent Resonance 
Dale Winslow 

It Was Never a Flower to Begin With 
Dale Winslow 

Si Philbrook 

mY parts 
John Watts 

Lance Strate 

Lance Strate 


The volume also includes a series of illustrations by acclaimed comics creator Dean Motter, and a couple by popular culture maven Arthur Asa Berger.

Now here is the basic information, including list prices:

ISBN 978-0-9855577-5-1
144 pages
5.5”x8.5” perfect bound, paper

ISBN 978-0-9892018-5-8
144 pages
5.5”x8.5” hardcover

So really, this wouldn't be a bad volume to use in a class devoted to creative explorations in communication, media, poetry, etc.

For more information, you can contact  info at neopoiesispress.com (and tell them I sent you!).

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