Tuesday

The Puppet Oresteia (2011)


[Book design: William T. Ayton]


Scenes from

The Puppet Oresteia

Text by Jack Ross
Artwork by William T. Ayton
ISBN 978-0-473-18881-8
Rhinebeck, NY: Narcissus Press / Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2011
24 ink drawings / 44 pp.






CONTENTS


I – Iphigenia, or Happy Families
Chorus 1 - Cursed with prophecy
Scene 1: The Palace at Mycenae
Chorus 2 - I ran through the wood
Chorus 3 - Little girl lost

II – Cassandra, or Payback is a Bitch
Chorus 4 - Joy lives with those
Scene 2: The Palace at Mycenae
Chorus 5 - Cursed with second sight
Chorus 6 - See how Apollo

III – Orestes, or Never say Never
Chorus 7 - The labour pains
Scene 3: The Seashore at Tauris
Chorus 8 - There she goes
Chorus 9 - Drops of holy water

Epilogue
Chorus 10 - Noise is like flame



A Strange Nest
[William T. Ayton: A Strange Nest]

Samples:

Papyri

The Imaginary Museum

William T. Ayton Art Blog

Works & Days


The Seashore at Tauris
[William T. Ayton: The Seashore at Tauris]

Available:

lulu.com
[as a File Download ($US 2.99)
or Print-on-demand publication ($US 15.00)]

Narcissus Press
Rhinebeck
NY
USA

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0630
New Zealand

RRP: $US 15 / $NZ 20


[Back cover]

Reviews & Comments:

  1. William T. Ayton, "Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia." William T. Ayton Art Blog (2/5/11):

    In recent weeks, I've been working on a collaboration with New Zealand poet Jack Ross. The result is a chapbook entitled "Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia", based on the classic Greek trilogy of tragic plays by Aeschylus, updated into a more contemporary setting, that of a play performed by children in their puppet theater, whilst still paying homage to the original. The chapbook is 44 pages, with 24 ink drawings (21 of them brand new for this project) by myself. The book will be available soon, as a co-production between Perdrix Press (Ross) and Narcissus Press (the small press my wife Diana & I founded) ...





Friday

A Bus Called Mr Nice Guy (2005)


Cover photograph: K Ramanathan / Cover design: Jack Ross
(Mumbai, India - 15/1/02)


A Bus Called Mr Nice Guy


Poems by Jack Ross
ISBN 0-473-10526-8
Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2005
[ii] + 50 pp. / [50 signed & numbered copies]

[out of print]












CONTENTS

Letter to Gabriel White
  1. Mysore:
    • - Timekeeper to the nation
    • - Black eyebrows nose
  2. Bangalore (i):
    • - It was waiting for me
    • - Is it on the outside?
  3. Bangalore (ii):
    • - Soon to be full six
    • - Self-conscious in a chair
  4. Pondicherry:
    • - Long live classical divine Tamil
    • - As crêpes they’re crap
  5. Thanjavur:
    • - Always in a crowd
    • - Put that pen away
  6. Madurai:
    • - Once is never enough
    • - Not knowing where we’re going
  7. Kodaikanal:
    • - Van Allen Hospital
    • - Black cow lies in the road
  8. Kodai / Kanyakumari:
    • - Is this going to stay
    • - They like to see me writing
  9. Cape Comorin:
    • - The deer doesn’t enter
    • - He is not a man
  10. Trivandrum:
    • - They can make anything
    • - Haunted eyes
  11. Kathakali:
    • - A lot of action
    • - This is my first
  12. Varkala:
    • - Meine Damen und Herren
    • - The tank’s refilled
  13. Quilon / Alleppey:
    • - No-time the expanse
    • - Helping the Down Trodden
  14. Fort Cochin:
    • - Harbour full of islands
    • - How do you like Kochi?
  15. Ernakulam:
    • - Human contact
    • - Do I exaggerate?
  16. Kochi / Bangalore:
    • - Light on the tracks
    • - One’s the buffoon
  17. Bangalore / Panjim:
    • - The hooded horror
    • - Sophie Marceau
  18. Panjim:
    • - Fishermen
    • - Inside the cabin
  19. North Goa:
    • - I’ve caught up with myself
    • - Palolem Vagatur
  20. Madgaon:
    • - Is it the moment?
    • - Ahead of myself
  21. Madgaon / Bombay:
    • - White herons taking flight
    • - Life must go on
  22. Bombay:
    • - That is the biggest
    • - I can laugh about it now
  23. Auckland:
    • - New construction Amcare
    • - An alien species
  24. A B C


Map of South India: Matthew Kelly (2005)





Available:

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0630
Auckland

RRP: $NZ 20.00 [out of print]





photograph: Jack Ross
(Bangalore, India - 22/1/02)


Reviews & Comments:

  1. Raewyn Alexander. Takahe 57 (2006): 59.

    Prose, poetry, observations and quotes conjure up through their vivid everyday otherness, a sense of travelling along with Ross through India ... This book speaks of travel, danger, poverty, oddities, commerce and friendship, and in its fractured elegance evokes a picture of one man’s experience in a land quite foreign to him.






Thursday

The Britney Suite (2001)


Cover design: Jack Ross


The Britney Suite


Poems by Paul Celan, Wendy Nu & Jack Ross
Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2001
24 pp. / [20 numbered copies]

[out of print]













CONTENTS



  1. [Paul Celan:] SCHNEEPART, gebäumt, bis zuletzt …(22/1/68)
    Snowpart

  2. [Wendy Nu:] keith partridge y yo

  3. [Paul Celan:] ERZFLITTER, tief im … (20/7/68)
    Orespark

  4. Nouvelle vague

  5. [Paul Celan:] KALK-KROKUS, im … (24/8/68)
    Chalk-Crocus

  6. [Wendy Nu:] mr darling writes to penthouse forum

  7. [Paul Celan:] DAS GEDUNKELTE Splitterecho … (5/9/68)
    Dark

  8. It’s always too late …

  9. [Paul Celan:] BEIDHÄNDIGE Frühe … (29/9/69)
    Both-Handed















Online Text:


The Imaginary Museum

Available:

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0630
Auckland

RRP: $NZ 10.00 [out of print]






Cover image: Gabriel White / Cover design: Jack Ross

The Britney Suite, by Paul Celan, Wendy Nu & Jack Ross.
Auckland: Perdrix Press, July 2003. 60 pp. [gift edition].

Online Text:

Papyri









[Britney Spears (1998)]

Reviews & Comments:

  1. Nick Alexander. "Jack Ross reading (13 March 2001)." Auckland Poetry Website [http://nicholasalexander.com/nda/poetry/aklive/reviews.html] (12/4/01).

    Jack Ross has the credentials of a modernist, complete with German quotes translating the lines of the poem into a second voice, a second set of meanings, reminiscent of Eliot. Exalting Britney Spears and her pouting sexuality seems dangerous ground. Indeed there were sighs/groans as Jack sellotaped her image behind himself as a very unremarkable diminutive ghetto blaster provided a near complete absence of atmosphere – technical infancy maybe but the poetry was certainly riveting stuff.

    An engaging and interesting reading and parody of multimedia. As the NASDAQ bleeds, we may get excited over photocopies to provide a raw visual excitement.



[Paul Celan (1960)]





Wednesday

The Perfect Storm (2000)


Cover photograph & design: Gabriel White


The Perfect Storm


Video by Gabriel White
Text by Jack Ross
ISBN 0-473-07350-1
Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2000
8 pp. / 12 minutes
[100 copies]










CONTENTS


  1. Fire

  2. Grating your hand

  3. The Storm

  4. Don’t want no plot

  5. Fusion

  6. Not the butterfly-collector

  7. Poetry Live













Samples:

Haibun Today


Available:

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0630
Auckland

RRP: $NZ 10.00 / [12 copies available]






Tuesday

A Town Like Parataxis (2000)




Cover photograph & design: Gabriel White


A Town Like Parataxis:

A Colouring-In Book

Text by Jack Ross / Images by Gabriel White
ISBN 0-473-07104-5
Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2000
22 pp. / [100 copies]

[out of print]














Contents



  1. Swallows and Amazons

  2. Cheating Heart

  3. A Town Like Parataxis:
    1. Winter’s Tale
    2. Walking Home on a Clear Evening
    3. Wysiwyg

  4. At the Warhol Look Exhibition

  5. Stories we tell ourselves: At the Richard Killeen Retrospective

  6. [Dictionary Definition]















Available:

Perdrix Press
6A Hastings Rd
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0630
Auckland

RRP: $NZ 10.00 [out of print]










Online Texts:

  1. The Imaginary Museum

  2. Works and Days









Reviews & Comments:

  1. Mark Pirie. JAAM 15 (2001): 200.

    This is a photocopied publication of text and images, the text of which is by an author currently establishing himself as an interesting and adventurous contributor to our literature (see for instance his experimental novel Nights with Giordano Bruno [Bumper Books, 2000] or his excellent guest slot in Poetry NZ 22 [2001].