LAP GUN CUT - John M Benett & F A Nettelbeck
Lap Gun Cut (2006) by John M Bennett & F A Nettelbeck. Luna Brisonte Prods, Columbus, Ohio
Sent to me by the poet. Recall that we had met the poet and his family at the Squaw Flat Flea Market which I believe he owns.
In the early 1970s he began work on a long poem that was to become an underground classic when it was published in 1979: Bug Death. Bug Death was created using cut-up and collage texts combined with original writing and represents a major advance in literary technique and thinking, advancing upon the innovations promoted by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs of a previous generation. The book was carefully written, edited, crafted, and designed over several years, in a multi-layered process involving much more than the usual processes of literary creation. It is a unique and stunningly effective combination of poetry, visual art, and documentation that has no real parallel. Nettelbeck's book has had a far-reaching influence on his contemporaries and on younger poets, not only because of its technical innovations, but because of the authentic and deeply-felt lyricism that pervades its pages.