The Browsers Modern Poetry Book Club is led by Elise Dressler and meets monthly. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our poetry loving customers (RSVP is not necessary). The books are available in store at 15% off if you plan to attend the book club.
Every meeting explores a different poet through reading and discussion.
July's selection is The Absolute Letter by Andrew Joron.
More: 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
If you have any questions about the event, please email Elise.