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The Book of Whispering in the Projection Boothby Joshua Marie Wilkinson
"Moving away from the book-length structure that dominated his early work, The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth, his third full-length book, attempts to draw Wilkinson's usual repertoire of influences — film, theory, art — into something wholly new." Sean Patrick Hill, Rain Taxi (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
Synopses & Reviews
Invoking connections between cinematic and poetic images, The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth traverses a split between the essential innocence and peculiar severity of children's games. Drawing on films such as Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive and Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, the art of Yoshitomo Nara, and the writings of Charles Brockden Brown, Wilkinson shifts between lyrical fragments and stark, image-laden prose poems in a series of phantom songs and little yarns: "The messenger picked a powdered tulip and placed it on the frozen windshield of a truck behind the tannery as the tannery smoked. But it was still early and all the bachelors huddled in a corner to watch who came in. I came in." And so should you...
"Equal parts flashed-forward backstory and passing sad daydream, The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth helps us and hips us to the circus of public secrets. I trust this book as far as it can throw me." Graham Foust
Reading this collection is like trying on someone else's dreams. Or getting secret, elliptical messages from the books that you read, and loved, in childhood. Strangely satisfying, and satisfyingly strange — I'm a fan." Kelly Link
In prose poems and lyric fragments, Joshua Marie Wilkinson uses the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and others — and graduate degrees in poetry and film — to entice readers into the extraordinary correlation between poetic and cinematic imagery.
Poetry. In prose poems and lyric fragments, Joshua Marie Wilkinson uses the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and others--and graduate degrees in poetry and film--to entice readers into the extraordinary correlation between poetic and cinematic imagery.
About the Author
A Seattle native with three previous books (including Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize) and graduate degrees in poetry, film, and English, Joshua Marie Wilkinson has lived in Slovakia, Arizona, Ireland, and Colorado. Now settled in Chicago's Rogers Park, he teaches at Loyola University.
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