Book Nineteen

The Up and Up

Ted Greenwald

ISBN: 1-891190-19-9
Publication: 2004
Pages: 139

The Up and Up is a book of poems in prose without punctuation. The works unfold across linguistic strata to produce a wry comedy of manners vaguely reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. Greenwald dissects lingo down to the level of maximally loaded morphemes and recombines these charged particles to observe the social unfolding of their tonal, rhythmic, semantic, and syntactic permutation. The world in the work is revealed through the hyphenations, abbreviations, acronyms, and jargon of a glut of pop registers and conversational idioms.

Ted Greenwald was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and has lived in New York City his entire life. During the course of a career that has spanned some 30 years, he has been the author of numerous books of poetry and of a video, "Poker Blues" (made in collaboration with Les Levine), in which he also appears as the sole performer.

Because his work always involves linguistic and formal invention, Ted Greenwald has often been associated with the Language Writers, but he is unmistakably a New York poet and even, given his street-wise sensibility and his long association with visual art and artists, a New York School poet. But, as readers of The Up and Up will see, Ted Greenwald's writing belongs to a wider poetic history, one that reaches back at least to Joyce's Finnegan's Wake and Samuel Johnson's Dictionary.

Atelos Catalogue

Raw MaterialsAstrid Lorgange

Totality CantosBrian Ang

WorkBrandon Brown

Weak LinkRob Halpern

YavizaRoberto Harrison

The Rebublic of Exit 43Jennifer Scappettone

Merry HellSara Larsen

Notched SunsetsTim Wood

Journey to the SunBrent Cunningham

PreDictionaryMikhail Epstein

HowellTyrone Williams

One Last DitchErik J. M. Schneider

To After That (Toaf)Renee Gladman

The RoutePatrick Durgin & Jen Hofer

ParseCraig Dworkin

To The CognoscentiTom Mandel

The TransformationJuliana Spahr

NegativityJocelyn Saidenberg

Ultra VioletaLaura Moriarty

City EclogueEd Roberson

Open ClothesSteve Benson

Noh BusinessMurray Edmond

The Up and UpTed Greenwald

BlipSoak01Tan Link

Poetical DictionaryLohren Green

Tis of TheeFanny Howe

PlatformRodrigo Toscano

The CraveKit Robinson

Some Vague WifeKathy Lou Schultz

lighthouseM. Mara-Ann

Gardener of StarsCarla Harryman

ForthcomingJalal Toufic

Alien TattersClark Coolidge

VersimilitudeHung Q. Tu

R-huLeslie Scalapinio

Cable Factory 20Lytle Shaw

Pamela: A NovelPamela Lu

TrueRae Armantrout

Bad HistoryBarrett Watten