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City Lights Spotlight #03: Trance Archive: New and Selected Poemsby Andrew Joron
Synopses & Reviews
Since his post-9/11 essay “The Emergency,” Andrew Joron has been regarded as one of American poetry’s most profound practitioners. Trance Archive draws on over twenty years of Joron’s work, from his early science fiction poetry to his later fusion of surrealist romanticism and avant-garde materialism, into what he calls “speculative lyric.” Infused with radical politics, Joron’s poetry takes inspiration from chaos and complexity theory, and reflects personal associations ranging from anarchist philosopher Paul Feyerabend to surrealist mystic Philip Lamantia. The third volume in our vbrant Spotlight series, Trance Archive affirms Joron’s place among major contemporary poets.
"In just the fourth month of this new year, I can absolutely guarantee that this will be one of the most cherished books, most agile of lyric wonders, by the end of it."—Esther Press
"Joron, far more so than any other of his contemporaries, is a magician, an alchemist of words; his work is modern, has a contemporary freshness to it, yet also has an undertone of antiquity, of ivy-clad towers and ancient residues. . . . Reading his work is like entering a hall of mirrors." —John Olson, Tillalala Chronicles
"An anthology of [Joron's] work from his best to his rarest, to others, anyone who wants an introduction to Joron's work would do well with Trance Archive, a top pick for poetry collections."—The Midwest Book Review
"If the densely covered sheets of what I'm tempted to call [Alice] Notley's 'trance-scriptions' were reduced to their barest minimum, the distillate might be the kind of poem found in Andrew Joron's Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems."—Steve Evans, The Nation
“Joron is one of the few poets who has identified and embraced the possibility for surrealism and Language poetry to coexist in productive synergy. . . . [He] pioneers a unique hybrid 'genre' of surrealism and science fiction . . . Whether the surrealist project was abandoned ('destroyed') or never fully realized ('not-yet-invented'), Joron’s work ambitiously attempts to resuscitate it by merging it with the 21st century version of Marxist poetry and making it relevant to post-structuralism.”—TheThe Poetry Blog
Like a chance encounter between Einstein and Breton, Trance Archive embraces philosophy, science, and surrealism.
About the Author
A graduate of UC Berkeley, where he majored in Philosophy of Science, Andrew Joron is the author of five previous collections of poetry--Force Fields (1987), SCIENCE FICTION (1992), The Removes (1999), FATHOM (2003), and THE SOUND MIRROR (2008)--and THE CRY AT ZERO: Selected Prose (2007). His translations from the German include Literary Essays of Ernst Bloch (1998) and Richard Anders's The Footsteps of One Who Has Not Stepped Forth (1999). In 2004 he published NEO-SURREALISM: OR, THE SUN AT NIGHT: TRANSFORMATIONS OF SURREALISM IN AMERICAN POETRY 1966-1999. He plays Theramin in the improvisational trio Free Rein.
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