Beard of Bees Press has just published ]] and other 9/11 works by our own eRoGK7!
Check it out here.
This is a really impressive collection – to my mind the most accomplished and most affecting politically-engaged computer (digital?cyber?) poetry I’ve yet come across. Of the lyrics, I rate 3, 7 and 12 as my stand-out tracks, and got a real kick from the intrusion of non-human agents in the third section (‘Mother gores baby elephant’ etc.). What’s most impressive, though, is how all the parts cohere despite (or perhaps because of) the various degrees of disjunction throughout. I think this might be due to successful use of framing – in part the introduction, but also the way in which three forms of discourse (essay/lyric/headline) are isolated within their own frames, so that they are able to play off each other on a formal/conventional level i.e. a ‘standardised’ disjunction that somehow complements (and modifies) the inner disjunction of the parts themselves. Which feeds thematically into notions of dislocation, desire for/impossibility of normality (which, as part 3′s litany makes clear, was only ever a localised simulacrum: ‘Let’s go back to Disneyland.’). I suppose what I’m saying is the 3 parts speak to each other in a way that makes their own speech more resonant and intelligible. In short, terrific, inspiring work. Thanx!
Thank you kindly for the nice review! I am grateful for your articulation of how you see the three sections working together. I only got as far as a feeling that they belonged with each other, but your idea about outer (book level, global level) vs. local or inner disjunction makes a lot of sense to me.
Thanks for reading. And I dig your blog :)
Glad to see eRoGK7′s stuff collected like that; it’s truly deserving.
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