Eliot Cardinaux

Pianist/Poet/Composer/Improviser

Mindfulness––A Mantra and Afterword

Part I: Writing in, Writing out; Invention

In his book of essays, A Nomad Poetics, Pierre Joris writes of the necessity for poets not only to learn other languages, but to invent them. If it is possible to invent one’s own language, I have tried. It may as well follow that it is possible to learn – to write, indeed, even to speak in – those languages that others have invented.[1]

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Mother of Two

Mother of TwoEliot Cardinaux’s latest collection, Mother of Two (2018), explores the exchange in duality between metaphor and reality, as well as each side of any different coin in given content and context. Including 14 poems of varying structure, from long, spiraling, short-lined stanzas influenced by the poet Pierre Joris, to lyric quatrains and sonnets aware of themselves as such and absurd, and also an essay, “Mindfulness–A Mantra and Afterword,” this book touches on influence ranging from Paul Celan and Osip Mandelstam, to Joni Mitchell and Arnold Schoenberg.

 

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The poem “Thirty,” from Mother of Two

Chapbook Reprint Sale

I’m doing reprints next month of all the books I’ve ever written. Now is the time to pre-order. Also time for a sale.

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New Chapbook: Moon and Politics on a Glass Table

I have a new chapbook out on The Bodily Press: Moon and Politics on a Glass Table.

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Sweet Beyond Witness

Sweet Beyond Witness is an ongoing solo project mine, written, composed, and performed around the idea of what it means to witness beauty in the world, and the baring/bearing witness to, the destruction going on amidst that beauty − informed by a political process, a poetic process, a musical process of editing, composing, and improvising; to trace experience − lifting in and out of “it” in order to see, from a bird’s-eyes angle: potential.

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New Book: Nativity – OUT NOW on The Bodily Press

Eliot Cardinaux’s newest collection of poetry, Nativity, now out on The Bodily Press, is a 4 part sequence exploring the symbols, images, and phenomena of the present age. It includes an exhibition of highly triggered, symbolic, imagistic poems, entitled “Guests;” an essay outlining the author’s “Theses on the Philosophy of Rarity” in the digital age; a short selection of personal dedications in verse, titled “Sentiments;” and a long-form, fragmentary poetics, also in verse, entitled “is the soft boy ready.”

‘I’m thinking of an inverse poetry, which turns experience outward like a flower, raises up without empathy, and echoes the reader, without ensnaring; its collection would be, like their trace upon a winter city, a ghost town for friends.’
-Eliot Cardinaux, from the introduction to Nativity

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Cover from Nativity

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New record in the can!

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Eliot Cardinaux at Dimension Sound Studio
in Jamaica Plain, MA

Hello folks,

I laid my new solo record down yesterday at Dimension Sound studio in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where I live. Solo piano, prepared piano, spoken word. Compositions and improvisations written and developed over the course of the last year. I even whispered a little. Stay tuned…

 

 

Thoughts on Being and Action after not encountering Hermeto Pascoal

I’ve come to realize that everybody carries a form of responsibility over their music. This makes me think on Hermeto Pascoal’s visit to receive his honorary doctorate from NEC while I was working in the shop outside the hall. I saw nothing of him, except in photographs, during the course of that day. However, the overwhelming lightness of his presence, I felt, and felt still the next day and throughout the course of that week on the block by the Conservatory. It carried its own music to me, by way of those people around him who were willing enough to let it in. It was as if he allowed this to happen. However, I couldn’t help feeling a sense of justice in his presence there, too.

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The Bodily Press

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Official Press Launch
Triple Book Release & Reading
Sat. Feb. 4th, 7:00PM
@ Goodrich House
36 Goodrich Rd.
Jamaica Plain

Dear Friends,

As most of you know, I’ve been publishing small books of poetry on my own for about 4 years now; never digitally, but let’s face it – it gets lonely out there for a guy and a computer, and for a while I’ve wanted to start printing books for other people. Rare bits of music released on tape as well, go hand in hand with that, I guess. So today, The Bodily Press awakens, kneeling; and scratches its head at the altar of technology, at last. Read the rest of this entry »

Theses on the Philosophy of Rarity

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In the present age, visual and aural senses are the only used to absorb those works of art that are digitally reproduced and distributed. In the case of other senses, we rely on synesthesia as it correlates with these differing modes of expression. In a museum, one is rarely allowed to touch a work of art; as Benjamin states, one may simply stand near it, amidst its “aura.” Read the rest of this entry »