Ronald Johnson, ARK
ISBN 978-0-9838893-6-6 $17.95
forthcoming on November 1
A new edition of Ronald Johnson’s masterpiece.
“ARK is a metaphysical poem that could only have been written in our time, of which it displays a new vision. It is a late harvest of seeds sown by Blake, L. Frank Baum, the Bible, and Zukofsky, all in a new architecture, a wholly new voice, and even a new chemistry of words and images. It is for those who can see visions, and for those who know how to look well and be taught that they can see them.”
“Reading Johnson’s ARK – both the ark of a new covenant in poetry and the arc-en-ciel of a new promise ever before me as I read – I think anew and feel anew, but, more, I wonder, for the consciousness he writes from not only springs from the revelation present in the creative imagination we draw from the realms of science and poetry, but (it is the significance of the ‘node and gyre’ the poet proposes as directive throughout) that consciousness goes forward: it ‘launches’ thought and feeling upon the arc of an apprehension of vision beyond its own vision.”