Poems from the late twentieth century was published as a chapbook in a limited edition of about fifty copies in the spring of 1978, several months after Couteau's twenty-first birthday. It was produced with the help of Spencer Seidman, who designed the layout and assembled the special covers for the project.
cover was unique. While the front-cover image was more or less the
same for each edition - a photo of Nikita Khrushchev smiling before
the pyramids in Egypt - the insides of the front and back covers featured
a dazzling variety of brightly colored photomontage, each a one-of-a-kind.
These were created with the use of "waysheets" (discarded pages left
over from previous printing projects), which were run through the
press a second time, thus superimpos-ing new images upon the previous
ones. The chapbook was printed by Seidman at the Visual Studies Workshop
The poems explore a playful, ironic, Pop-Art imagery and are composed in a highly rhythmical style. Although radically different from Couteau's later, mature work, they capture his love of language and willingness to experi-ment.
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was born in Brooklyn, NY, and studied fine arts at the State University
of New York, at New Paltz. In the mid-1980s he was director of a nonprofit
agency that provided advocacy, housing, and counselling for former
psychiatric patients, in New York City. In
1985 he won the Fourth Annual
North American Essay Award,
a competition open to writers throughout North America and sponsored
by the American Humanist Association. He has published
poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews in such publications as The
Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix; Chrysalis;
Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European;
Footwork; The Garden State; The Hawaii Pacific Review; Heavenbone;
The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Lapis; Lift
Magazine; The Montague Reporter; New Leaves Review; The Paris Voice;
Passager; Quantum; Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring; The Taylor
Trust; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West Hills Review; White Pelican
Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous.
text and images throughout this site