John M. Bennett is a prolific writer and publisher — more than 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials — the curator of Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries, and one of the most respected minds in the field of experimental writing. Despite living in north Clintonville, Bennett rarely reads in Columbus, making Saturday’s outing a rare opportunity to see, hear and feel the seminal writer’s sweeping style.
“My work is pretty well-known around the world, but I don’t read that often in Columbus because there isn’t the opportunity or audience, I’m interested in non-English language [and] my sense of language and its applications are broad. It’s founded on an idea that all poetry is visual in a way and sonic or oral and that it is performative. And that all poetry is plastic. It has a physical existence. All poetry exists in time and is static on a page. I work in all those directions.”