Department of Reissue No. 3.1
Originally published in an edition of 100 copies for a class at the University of Alberta in 1976, Every Way Oakly is Steve McCaffery’s homolinguistic translation of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. The original edition, which appeared as a classy photocopied edition printed on letter-sized sheets and stapled along spine, has been unavailable since its publication. Over the years, bits and pieces have appeared in anthologies and selected works, but the collection has never been reissued in its entirety. Until now. Playful and engaging, these poems stem from detailed discussions with Dick Higgins on allusive referential and other unorthodox translational methods and McCaffery’s work with the Toronto Research Groups work on translation practice and theory.
Steve McCaffery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and criticism, most recently Crime Scenes. Two titles appeared in 2007: Paradigm of the Tinctures (with illustrations by Alan Halsey) and The Basho Variations. Slightly Left of Thinking: Poems and Postcognitions appeared in 2008. His monumental two volume selected Seven Pages Missing was published in 2002. After many years living in Toronto, he now lives in Buffalo where he is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and Director of the UB Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo.