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Paramnesia by John Tipton

In new titles on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am


Paramnesia by John Tipton

Flood Editions ISBN 978-0-9903407-8-2 $14.95

Now available from Flood Editions and Small Press Distribution/SPD

paramnesia, n. Memory that is unreal, illusory, or distorted; spec. the phenomenon of déjà vu; an instance of this. Also: loss of memory for the meaning of words.—Oxford English Dictionary

In Paramnesia, John Tipton’s gnomic phrases and stringent imagery sound the mysteries of syntax to uncover traces of what’s been lost. Here the saturated myths of the ancient world traffic in the banality and derangement of international travel. This is a poetry of centaurs and blast furnaces, glossolalia and linguistics, rich with pattern and forms of its own making:

sound of the filtered song 

teased notes that wind out wordless threads 

lost even as we listen 

Praise for Sophocles’ Ajax, translated by John Tipton

“At his best, Tipton is able to break down the Greek text and rewrite it as if from scratch . . . Tipton’s version has a chilling power”—Emily Wilson, The Nation

John Tipton lives in Chicago. He is the author of a book of poetry, Surfaces (2004), as well as translations of Sophocles’ Ajax (2008) and Aeschylus’s Seven against Thebes (2015), all published by Flood Editions. He is also the publisher of Verge Books.

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