Forget Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Skip Fox’s Sheer Indefinite reveals that our day’s poets are, rather, the computer programmers of the universe. If our universe is indeed a virtual simulation, like so many Hollywood movies and conspiracy theorists posit, Skip Fox’s Sheer Indefinite is the reference manual to its sublime syntax. And […]
Prophecy tends to be dangerous for its prophets: remember the addled, broken spasms of those young women at Delphi or ancient shamans gone wild from solitude, raving hermits deep in dense thickets of white birch. It’s a tricky line of work. Engine Empire, the new collection of poems by Cathy Park Hong, is an attempt […]
A lamp is something that brings light to a room, something you turn on. A person you love is something that brings light to a room, something that turns you on. I am not the first to make this connection. Nina Simone does it better when she croons, “like a light bulb in a darkened […]
This is what you get when you paint an unflattering portrait of your friends, I guess. By the way, there’s an interesting explanation of Gertrude Stein’s scientific influences, and her influence on the sciences, in Jonah Lehrer‘s Proust Was a Neuroscientist. Worth a look.
The biological and the mystical elements of creation converge in Laynie Browne’s Roseate, Points of Gold. The book, made up of three parts – Diary of an Ocean Mistress, Lunations, and Beyond the Chequered Chasm – revolves quietly around the subject of creation in the manner of a double-helix. Each poem within those parts is […]