Front cover design by Taylor Frey and Eric Thomas Kennedy.
Release Date: 6 October 2015
Page Count: 64
m o p e by Hunter G. Heath is creatively unoriginal in the most beautiful way. Constructed from the poetry of Frank O’Hara, Heath deftly cuts up and rearranges O’Hara’s work to create a remix from the original poems, taking inspiration from modern music remixes but going a step farther to create entirely new meaning from what already existed.
The poetry explores doubleness and art’s communal multiplicity in that this work reflects two voices: that of O’Hara in his familiar way alongside that of the reconstructionist Heath who perhaps shows the reader what O’Hara was really saying. Or instead, this type of cut-up experimentalism shows the world what a mind might make of another’s career, itself a conceptual outpouring backed by respect, honor, and empathy.
The poetry remains beautiful, inseparable from O’Hara’s legacy and yet reaching beyond it toward the future. In this lofty endeavor, Heath manages to express his own voice, masterful in having captured a unique unoriginality nobody else could quite have discovered.
The book is at once a love letter, to O’Hara’s poetry certainly, but also to a woman wreathed in the history of poetics, loved by O’Hara first, and reclaimed by Heath.
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About the Author: H.G. Heath is a remix poet/artist from Pennsylvania, U.S.A, who is particularly interested in the aesthetics of appropriation and sampling. m o p e is his first collection of poetry. In this collection, Heath experiments with uncreative practices and self-expression through fragmentation of Frank O’Hara.
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