In The Blink Of A Third Eye
Poetry, flash-fiction, drawing-collages
ISBN 978-1-952419-24-9 116 pages $30.00
"For a time, he resides in Israel, where he meets Ruth, his wife to be, then travels through Europe and lands in New York in 1972, where he has lived ever since. A hotbed of the avant-garde—with poetry, art, music, theater, film and dance swirling the mix—Oisteanu embraces the moment. He settles in the East Village, a dangerous area then, and goes to it, collaborating with the likes of Ray Johnson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and somewhat later Ira Cohen, among many others."
from the review in American Book Review by Allan Graubard
Welcome to the logbook and surreal voyage of Valery Oisteanu, a relentless and rewardingly dada poet of New York—and the world. Valery has put a lot of new miles on the old, his surreal sneakers are in good working order, and in this collection he continues to demonstrate his patented ability to erase the border between the interior and the exterior worlds. In The Blink Of A Third Eye, geographic and psychic boundaries expand, contract, invert, explode on themselves, disappear and re-emerge in humbled abasement. So many delightful journeys in this little book to tag along on. From the market-shadows of the Kasbah and winds of the Tuareg Sahara to the troubled climes of Mt Fuji. From the city of Naples and its ghosts bickering, to the unnamed dunes of no return. From the surly madman selling sunglasses on Mario Cesariny Street to Garibaldi walking small dogs in Washington Square Park. Read here NYC’s underground of distorted memories. Read here fond tributes to gone dada peers and world-class poetry masters, immortalized beyond their poignant memorializing. Read here poems conjured like the moon, poems which accelerate the blood, poems like bubbles of dada oxygen in a barren land. Read this book, and Valery Oisteanu’s spell-casting magic will blossom upon you.
George Wallace, Writer in residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace
Valery Oisteanu took the Lower East Side to Morocco in this color-suffused book and brought it back still redolent and alive, something we need badly as the glass walls of the evil corporate prison squeeze the life out of us. Take this book with you just in case you run into Satan.”
Andrei Codrescu, author of No Time Like Now: New Poems
Whether looking for an “upright piano housing giant locust-bees,” a “red flock of birds to the lunar eclipse, or the “loneliness of a lost horseshoe,” look no further than the East Village’s resident dada surrealist, Valery Oisteanu. To be read by third eyes only.
Bob Holman poet, author of The Unspoken
In a prolific dozen books of poetry spanning no less than 50 years, Valery Oisteanu has distinguished himself as a poet of great exuberance and a down-to-earth sensibility of humor. With his latest, In the Blink of a Third Eye, he has reached the heights as a performance poet extraordinaire. Here are just a few of his metaphoric leaps: A captive whale silently chanting poems… A Zeppelin flying against a solid darkness… A train whimpers in the distance… he was riffing: In the end in the end/Over and over: In the end, in the end… in remembering the poet Steve Dalachinsky at his last reading. And my favorite of all, Valery’s most autobiographical poem, “Becoming Invisible,” a true somersaulting of the language. His poems literally jump off the page in the blink of an eye. He continues to astonish his audience.
Gerard Malanga, poet & photographer
Review in Rain Taxi
by Stash Luczkiw
Valery Oisteanu is a poet, writer, and artist of the avant-garde. He was born in USSR (1943) and educated in Romania, France & USA. He debuted as a poet with the collection Prosthesis in 1970 (Litera Press, Bucharest). At the age of 20, he adopted Dada and Surrealism as a philosophy of art and life and a few years later English as his primary language. Emmigrating to New York City in 1973, he has been writing in English for the past 47 years. He is the author of 15 books of poetry, a book of short fiction, The King of Penguins (Linear Art Press, NY, 2000), and a book of essays in progress: The AVANT-GODS.
The poetry of Valery Oisteanu has been translated in several European languages including German, French, Italian, Romanian, Swedish, Dutch, Greek and Portuguese.
Valery Oisteanu is an artist-poet with deep roots in the avant-garde of the 20th century. His art is neither soundless or still, but rather visual poetry with narratives in unfolding time, harmonious compositions that unite samples of memory through the histories of futurism, Dadaism and surrealism. Haunting, humorous and metaphysical, his collages communicate the inexplicable, the impossible and the sublime, exploring the subconscious domains of imagination at the edge of fantasy.
Over the last 10 years he has written art criticism for: Cover, Brooklyn Rail, artnet.com, White Hot Magazine, and NY Arts. He is also a contributing writer for American, French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche, Art.es, Viata Romaneasca, Observatorul Cultural, levurelitteraire.com, Sensitive Skin, Rain Taxi, Artout.ro etc.)
Oisteanu has exhibited his art in New York and abroad and since 1973 has produced more than 40 original collage books. His creations can be found in many international permanent collections, and he was featured in John and Joan Digby’s “The Collage Handbook,” published by Thames & Hudson in1985, where the authors noted: “...he uses both Dadaist and surrealist techniques, such as decollage, fummage and his own version of frottage, which he calls ‘rubbage’… Stimulated by media images, Oisteanu makes collages of photographic prints derived from video and television images… There is no new material to which he is not responsive and no form of collage that he has not attempted.”
He has performed in theater and in poetry-musical collaborations with jazz artists from all over the world in jam-sessions known as Jazzoetry.
His work has appeared in international Surrealist publications of the last four decades, including Dream Helmet (1978), What Will Be (Brumes Blondes, 2014), A Phala (Sao Paola, Brazil), The Annual (Phasm Press, 2015), Peculiar Mormyrid (2018) Surrealist Outsider (2019).
Member of Poets and Writers, Inc., New York (1977-2020)
Founding member of PASS
(Poets and Artists Surrealist Society) (1973-2020)
“It’s the End of the World As We Know It” Award (2000)
(Vault Literary Society award for exceptional cutting edge artists who consistently take risks with their art, NY)
Awarded CHIVOT Order of the Chevalier of the Tower, for the dissemination of Romanian Avant-Garde in Diaspora, 2010, Dublin, Ireland.
Valery Oisteanu is the receiver of Kathy Acker Award NYC 2013 for contribution to the avant-garde in Poetry Performance.