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F.A. Nettelbeck:

439 49th St., #11
Oakland, CA, 94609


An elegantly produced perfectbound book containing "expanded and rejuvenated" (the author's words) sections from his well-known BUG DEATH (1979). This book functions as a single whole, however, and provides an excellent taste of Nettelback's art, which is perhaps harder to appreciate through short takes appearing in magazines. ECOSYSTEMS COLLAPSING is really a single long poem, creating through a variety of literary and visual techniques the impression of a multitude of voices speaking through a single totalizing consciousness, a consciousness that judges while at the same time being all it contains:

     exciting intriguing breathtaking
     sleep              "Best/ 
     legs twitch in blasting dreams 
     new character, good. we'll 

Essential reading.--John M. Bennett

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #2,
Copyright Burning Press 1993, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press