by Andrew Joron
ISBN 978-0-9981695-0-7 $14.95
“To Surrealism’s associative leaps, juxtapositions, and kitsch paradoxes, Joron’s savage detective lends his background in the philosophy of science, borrowing from non-linear systems theory, linguistic anthropology and speculative narrative for his poetics, which are at once lyrical and emphatic to the point of dissonance: ‘Poetry is the self-organized criticality of the cry.’ He leans heavily on sound—homophones, alliterations and paronomasias resonantly determine signs and linkages—raiding the stuff of light verse for his serious project. As in a haunted house of the twentieth century (‘the people could not be distinguished from deserted buildings’; ‘the city, the arc of an abandoned soliloquy’), blurs of consonance, assonance, and letter shapes can seem to do things all by themselves.”—David Lau, New Left Review
Andrew Joron’s previous books of poetry include Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010), The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Removes (Hard Press, 1999). He has also published two volumes of prose: The Cry at Zero (Counterpath Press, 2007), a selection of prose poems and critical essays, and The Sun at Night (Black Square Editions, 2004), a survey of American surrealist poetry. From the German, he has translated The Perpetual Motion Machine by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011) and the Literary Essays of Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998). As a musician, Joron plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles. He teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.