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books

Gravity's Angel

Poems about Simone Weil. Poems that remind me of Simone Weil, or that I might have sent to Simone Weil except she's dead, but I'm sending anyway because it's not too late. Who can be too late? Why is time an issue? Kingston University Press, 2023.


The collection establishes the French writer and political activist Simone Weil as its master trope and weaves through Plato, Ovid, Botticelli, Trotsky, Lewis Carroll, Artaud, Gertrude Stein, et al. with Weil as a guide to the geometric convergences of history. It is a fascinating meditation on, and at times a parody of, history, the kind of thing that rejuvenates poetry’s function in the world.

—Peter Michelson,

author of Pacific Plainsong


Rhinoceros

Poems about animals. Poems about people eating and using tools. Poems about the accumulation of experience and placing that in the stream of life like a big fat wad. Not fatwa. Poems about religion animals. The various animal religions. Stories we tell each other around the fires of burning California. Poems about the stars. Cartoon animals caught in second thoughts. Copper Canyon Press, 2004.


With lyrical turns and metaphorical sways, Rhinoceros embodies mythologies that are brought down to earth, and one can feel the power of a masterful signifier.

—Yusef Komunyakaa

from the Introduction




Available here.

Inferno

A chapbook selection of Dante's Inferno, translated by K. Ducey. Mostly the first decalogue. All the way down into the dentist's office. Elvis and California, the funeral of Durruti and all of our best disaster metaphors for your delectation. Cannot Exist press, 2015.


Kevin Ducey partners with Dante to condemn and mourn contemporary complacencies, lies, and antidemocratic nonsense in elegant and hilarious cantos whose liberties of translation spring from a sensitive and impassioned connection with the critical concerns of the original.  

Andy Gricevich




Links to writing on the web:

AGNI: Brother Geometry

Beloit Poetry Journal: Two poems

Diagram: She named the baby Don Juan

Stand Journal: Mondrian's whites




film

A selection of film projects. Cinematography, audio, editing – responsibility of Kevin Ducey, except where noted.


Will You Buy this Caravan?

Music video. Original composition of the Aether Quartet.


Pfilter of Love

Music Video.

Original composition of the Aether Quartet.

A Place in Tübingen
Poetry Video.

Film of John Matthias' poem.

No. 24.

Poetry video.

Video set to music of
composer David Drexler.

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