NO DISTINCTIVE FORM, $?, 8½” x 5½”, printed, 16 pgs.

Mar 17, 2021

I’ll admit—not everyone will be into this. But if you’re a fan of Beat writers, or if you were the type of person who attended poetry readings in dimly lit back rooms filled with cigarette smoke and bathed in red lamplight during the halcyon days of your unanchored youth, then you’ll enjoy this visual poetry zine by Mark Sonnefeld. Each page of No Distinctive Form is sparsely and purposely filled with words flowing in a seeming stream of consciousness, their cascading formation mimicking the strings of notes on a sheet of music. In fact, scales and symbols are present among the stark words and numerals, giving the sense that this is music annotation as well as poetry, both meant to be performed—or at the very least—experienced. I dig it. It feels experimental and fresh because it is. No Distinctive Form expands upon what poetry is and what poetry looks like, and it pushes you to question and revise your previously held notions about the genre. Reading No Distinctive Form might take you back to those coffee shop nights or perhaps inspire the spin of a favorite avant-garde jazz album on a Sunday afternoon. –Gina Murrell (Mark Sonnenfeld, 45-08 Old Millstone Dr., East Windsor, NJ 08520)

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