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LATEST ISSUES OF CONJUNCTIONS FEATURES NEW POETRY, FICTION, AND PHOTOS EXPLORING FILMMAKING AND THE WRITTEN WORD Conjunctions:42, Cinema Lingua: Writers Respond to Film, Includes an Unpublished Play by John Sayles, Poems and Photos from Gerard Malanga, and New Work from Such Renowned Writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Howard Norman, and Peter Straub

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Now that the art of motion pictures has matured into its second century, Conjunctions—the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—has gathered a diverse group of leading contemporary writers, poets, and artists to explore one of our liveliest modern art forms. Conjunctions:42, Cinema Lingua: Writers Respond to Film, features more than 400 pages of previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and multi-genre works, including a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock by Joyce Carol Oates; an unpublished play, Turnbuckle, by renowned filmmaker John Sayles; and work from poet, photographer, and cultural observer Gerard Malanga, whose contribution includes previously unpublished photos of Andy Warhol, Candy Darling, Nicholas Roeg, and others.

Edited by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, Cinema Lingua pays creative homage to the symbiosis between filmmaking and the written word. Throughout this latest volume, authors explore, rewrite, and celebrate all avenues of film, from its narrative plots to visual storytelling, from character to mood, from lighting to suspense. Each contributor presents defining visions of the movies from mainstream Hollywood to the most exotic corners of the experimental and avant-garde. The issue features a piece by the surrealist poet Robert Desnos, The Reefs of Love, translated by Luc Sante; collaborations between poet Lyn Hejinian and filmmaker Peter Hutton and between Thalia Field and Bill Morrison; and a contemplation of the actor Peter Lorre by Howard Norman.

Of the issue, Morrow said: "Of all modern art forms, I think it is safe to say that film has had the most profound impact on writers of both fiction and poetry. The idea behind Cinema Lingua was for a wide spectrum of different writers to respond, in fiction and poetry, to those movies that most affected them personally, that somehow shaped how they think—or refuse to think. Some have shot their own word-films, others have revisited the classics, not as film critics but as vividly engaged celebrants, remakers, directors, and word-actors."

In addition, Conjunctions:42 includes new work from William H. Gass, Tan Lin, C. D. Wright, Ann Lauterbach, Lewis Warsh, Frederic Tuten, Robert Kelly, and many others.

Conjunctions is edited by Bradford Morrow and is published twice yearly by Bard College. To order a copy, call the Conjunctions office at 845-758-1539 or write to Conjunctions, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Visit the Conjunctions website at

[Note to editors: To obtain review copies, please call Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or e-mail]

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