Pickles & Jams Book Launch at Miami University (2017)

In Pickles & Jams, cris cheek exposes the very membranes that lie between the sensed-real of the culturally dominant and the barely-sensed hyper-real of the culturally emergent. His poetics (initially spawned and tested in Briton) isn’t of an “epiphany” variety, but rather is borne of a sabre-ready constructivist process, whereby the jettisoning of American Capitalist values is at a premium. And though History’s objects (“nation”, “family”, “self-hood”, “city”, “work-world”) no longer have the capture energy they once did, they are still malignant, and push us around. It is these ghosted objects/identities that cheek takes aim at. Acutely sensible to the post-occupy dilemma of “value the crash / crash the value,” his aesthetic tactics intend on having us both view and act on the spectacle from within. cheek’s ever-increasing readership will once again be delighted to take much needed cultural cues from the most significant Anglo-American poet of our time.

—Rodrigo Toscano

the Church, the School, the Beer (2007)

“The Still” (1983)

"Notes" on Distance No Object

AMODERN2 Network Archaeology (with Nicole Starosielski, Braxton Soderman)

Impluperfections for Mixed Reality at SAIC

Bob Cobbing's Performances: Production and Circulation, of the Text

Monday Morning quarter-backing “on” and “off” gods’ commons

Reading and Writing: The Sites of Caroline Bergvall's Performance Writing

@hy-art 2006

Oxford, oh walk & talk

‘giving tongue’

When I was 4, my dad read me poems at bedtime. I heard a staple diet of Lewis
Carroll and Edward Lear for two following years. It was the phonic logics of these poems that repeatedly drew me in; a hovering between song and poem. Their quirky iambic cadences which hinted at conventional meanings, without appearing to deliver them, snared me. . .

  • excerpt from essay published:

Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally Ed. Romana Huk. Wesleyan. 2003

Public Announcement at The Cornershop (1998)

The Jitters (from Grey Suit)

White Swan (1986)

“Root & Flight” (Inner Visions Cafe)

“The Hill” (Inner Visions, 1980)