*easy peasy*, kevin mcpherson eckhoff

Snare Books, 2011

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1.

kevin mcpherson eckhoff's second collection of poems

measures in at 8 inches by 5 and 5/8 inches,

with a depth between 1/8 and 2/8 of an inch.

In this book, there are 68 surfaces:

each surface between 17.6 micrometres and 340 micrometres

in thickness, including four surfaces of "cover," over which, text

and images (illustration, photo, diagram, and, of course, text-image)

have been printed, or, perhaps, more fittingly, impressed.

Only the book's "front" "cover" has color:

a 1-inch taupish gold circle partially overlapped

by a 1-inch circle of burgundy cola,

though this particular qualitative observation

should be kept open for further inquiry, as the writer

of this review suffers from partial, or occasional, color blindness.

The first section of

*easy peasy*is called "DO-IT-YOURSELF."Below, I have reproduced in its entirety the first poem of this section:

INSTRUCTIONS1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.

You, too, can engage in

*easy peasy*activity. You, too, can have the experience.3.

One enters

*easy peasy*activity via any threshold. No particularentrance matters more than any other. No singular way

has priority or greater privilege. That I have chosen to reproduce

has priority or greater privilege. That I have chosen to reproduce

*as an index of its alphabetics is rooted in a desire*

easy peasyeasy peasy

to anagram

*easy peasy*: to anagram its text, yes, but also its activity.Following the above instructions as closely, and contingently, as possible,

I want

I want

*easy peasy*to move through the medium of my body.Through re-articulation, I aspire to perform this composition anew.

4.

Is this poem

*easy peasy*?In this poemthe letterAappears 1432 times:143 times as A, 1289 time as a.In this poemthe letterBappears 274 times:32 times as B, 242 times as b.In this poemthe letterCappears 564 times:86 times as C, 478 times as c.In this poemthe letterDappears 600 times:43 times as D, 557 times as d.In this poemthe letterEappears 1873 times:126 times as E, 1747 times as e.In this poemthe letterFappears 358 times:23 times as F, 335 times as f.In this poemthe letterGappears 345 times:38 times as G, 307 times as g.In this poemthe letterHappears 739 times:34 times as H, 705 times as h.In this poemthe letterIappears 1184 times:139 times as I, 1045 times as i.In this poemthe letterJappears 38 times:20 times as J, 18 as j.In this poemthe letterKappears 197 times:25 times as K, 172 times as k.In this poemthe letterLappears 806 times:58 times as L, 748 times as l.In this poemthe letterMappears 415 times:35 times as M, 380 times as m.In this poemthe letterNappears 1221 times:89 times as N, 1132 times as n.In this poemthe letterOappears 1335 times:84 times as O, 1251 times as o.In this poemthe letterPappears 351 times:50 times as P, 351 times as p.In this poemthe letterQappears 25 times:4 times as Q, 21 times as q.In this poemthe letterRappears 1376 times:87 times as R, 1289 times as r.In this poemthe letterSappears 1239 times:87 times as S, 1152 times as s.In this poemthe letterTappears 1452 times:118 times as T, 1334 times as t.In this poemthe letterUfeatures 571 times:39 times as U, 532 times as u.In this poemthe letterVappears 150 times:12 times as V, 138 times as v.In this poemthe letterWappears 286 times:38 times as Wy, 248 times as w.In this poemthe letterXappears exactly50 times: 3 times as X, 47 times as x.In this poemthe letterYappears 574 times:27 times as Y, 547 times as y.In this poemthe letterZappears 28 times:3 times as Z, 25 times as z.In this poemthe number1appears 28 times.In this poemthe number2appears 25 times.In this poemthe number3appears 25 times.In this poemthe number4appears 21 times.In this poemthe number5appears 20 times.In this poemthe number6appears 16 times.In this poemthe number7appears 11 times.In this poemthe number8appears 12 times.In this poemthe number9appears 13 times.In this poemthe number0appears 20 times.In this poemthe punctuation.appears 254 times.In this poemthe punctuation,appears 142 times.In this poemthe punctuation:appears 54 timesIn this poemthe punctuation;appears 10 times.In this poemthe punctuation–appears 52 times.In this poemthe punctuation_appears 1716 times.In this poemthe punctuation/appears 6 times.In this poemthe punctuation!appears 18 times.In this poemthe punctuation?appears 12 times.In this poemthe punctuation"appears 50 times.In this poemthe punctuation(appears 2 times.In this poemthe punctuation)appears 2 times.In this poemthe punctuation[appears 56 times.In this poemthe punctuation]appears 56 times.In this poemthe symbol©appears 2 times.In this poemthe symbol™appears.

5.

Graphs Toward a Supreme Faction:

a.

b.

Subtextual to graph

*b*. is the role of the pinky fingers in*easy peasy*activity.6.

:: therefore ::

7.

Following the initial instructions, we have moved from

*easy peasy* the book to

*easy peasy*the book as indexed database,to

*easy peasy*the book as rearticulated poem, to*easy peasy*the bookas graphical analysis, from which, through these various filters,

we have entered upon, I hope, a ground zero of

*easy peasy*activity.To ever-so-slightly tap in the air one's Left Index Finger 3,996 times,

following through with each other finger to its factish destination:

is this

*easy peasy*? Is this a performance of the poem?However close, this, still, misleads; there are gaps fundamentally present,

yet unforeseen.

**[SHIFT]**is a ghost in the machine of text,**[RETURN****]****and**

**[****SPACEBAR]**its calculable absences. Then:

**[DELETE]**,

the unmoved mover, the known unknown of

*easy peasy*activity.Here, in these vacancies, pinky to thumb, exists an authorial presence

astonishingly intimate, yet, in its irreproducibility, discretely other.

8.

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Michael Nardone is co-editor with Kathleen Brown of the forthcoming issue of

*Dandelion*:**performance/MACHINE**.
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