Lexicon 1

The Lexicon Of The Orphanage

Lexicon 1

The Lexicon Of The Orphanage

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An offprint-compendium from an emotional orphan.

A twice yearly collection of poetry, art and the finest in modern
confessional and memoir poetry from an artist experienced in
confession and with a bad memory.

 

Issue 1: The Broadsides Redux Project Edition at Escape Into Life

 

A collection of contemporary broadside poems. Focused on
paying homage to the age old printing tradition of broadsides
as art and literature.

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I am so incredibly proud to announce acceptance and representation for “The Lexicon Of The Orphanage” at Escape Into Life. Long one of my favorite and one of the premiere destinations for art and literature enthusiasts on the internet, it is an extreme honor and privilege to be welcomed into the fold.

Annie Perconti and her interview from the River,  Carmelita  ” @cookitaly ” Caruna , and Mandy Al Aswad at Escape Into Life,  have worked tirelessly to make this happen and for that I am truly grateful. Please visit, and feast your soul on the art and verse on the site, and consider visiting the store to support the arts.

Thanks- JV

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A Blurb About “The Lexicon Of The Orphanage” by U.K. Poet-Author, Fran Lock

“Too often, since Ginsberg, have the annals of confessional poetry been populated by the kind of insipid, self-indulgent knee-jerk narcissism that passes for the genre these days. Too often, since Bukowski, has the term ‘out-law poetry’ been wheeled to justify screeds of rigourless egoism, and the appellation of ‘out-law poet’ as a pose, a prop in said poet’s on-going orgiastic festival of shameless self-promotion. Too long. But no more.

No more because here, happily, is a poet who understands that true poetry comes at the expense of the self, who writes without mercy but with great mindfulness; who understands that tender and raw, razed and raised are two sides of the same condition. Jack Varnell doesn’t offer, solely, a straight narrative or description of events but a re-experience. There are no vicarious, voyeuristic thrills here, but an invitation to access alongside the poet the darkest nadirs and brightest air-thin zeniths of being human.

In this way the collection vigorously eschews the navel-gazing all too familiar to modern poetry. It exalts, most of all, in communication, in establishing a connection between the writer and the reader and shocking the latter from their passive art-imbibing complacency. Jack Varnell has an extraordinary grasp of the philosophy of image and the strange sympathies that exist between visual art and the printed word. The result is a bold body of work, accessible, resonant and stunning; the complete package somehow more than the sum of each exquisite part. Without constructing a flat, linear narrative, the poet nevertheless builds in a deep sense of story, of history, that gives pleasing texture to the work.

I feel the need to stress at this point that the reader should not expect to encounter images as mere garnish to the text. This is not a poet using images to compliment his work, it is a poet using images as poetry. There is an impressive cinematic quality to these images, with the poet exhibiting a rare sensibility in capturing a story within a single picture, in understanding the difference between static and still.

I can’t recommend this collection highly enough. It’s an antidote to everything I loathe about the excesses of contemporary ‘out-law’ poetry. This is poetry that transcends its form, life as lived, a soul bared. And not for the exhibitionist hell of it, but for and with empathy; with vibrancy, wit and love.”

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Fran Lock is a published poet worldwide, and her latest collection “Flatrock” can be found at Little Episodes. Org

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