Masterplan – Collaborative Poems

Masterplan – Collaborative Poems


Eric Greinke & Alison Stone

Perfectbound Paperback, 72 pages, $13.95


Widely published poets Alison Stone and Eric Greinke wrote these seventy-three inventive poems together from February, 2014 to April, 2017.  Although they each wrote an equal number of lines in each poem, they used a variety of patterns, ranging from simple, every-other-line patterns to more complex forms wherein they alternated beginnings, middles, endings and titles.  The tone of these poems is varied too, ranging from ironic and humorous to philosophical and elegiac, from narrative to lyric. Many of the poems were first published to critical acclaim in independent and university literary magazines such as Big Scream, First Literary Review – East, Forge, Iconoclast, Lake Effect, Plainsongs, Switchback and Wild Goose Poetry Review.  Includes a cover painting by Alison Stone, who is also a serious painter/illustrator.  At the forefront of the collaboration movement, Eric Greinke is the author of the recently released The Third Voice – Notes on the Art of Poetic Collaboration (Presa Press, 2017).  This is his eighth collection of poetic collaborations since the early seventies.  The voices of Stone and Greinke blend seamlessly into a bold third persona, a gender-neutral and ageless punk poet who can both whisper and shout.