Poetry. If what you relish about thought is its heft, velocity, its unpredictability, then Fred Muratori's THE SPECTRA will transport you. Visceral particulars—Batman, buzzsaws, wax-lustered cars, beef, and, yes, even Roy Orbison—propel readers beyond finitude in blunt cascades of 15 lines. Enjambments facilitate speed, precariousness, volatility while asking: "What if everything we think, from first synaptic spark to the last, is one thought, continuously digressive?" Parsed out in 13 syllables per line, life besieges readers as Muratori charts the source of the unsayable. Locomotion and elocution bring us to life's brim, to the subliminal spectra therein. One could cite Kant, Leibnitz and Wittgenstein to explain how Muratori twists conventional notions of meaning formation. The poet himself tips his hat to Wallace Stevens and others who fall into consciousness—Dupin, Bronk, Dahlberg, and Zukofsky. THE SPECTRA's thoughts-about-thought clang and balk, surprising us all.
Author City: ITHACA, NY USA
Fred Muratori's previously published poetry collections are Despite Repeated Warnings (BASFAL Books, 1994) and a chapbook, The Possible (State Street Press, 1988). His poems and prose poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, NEW AMERICAN WRITING, LIT, SENTENCE, Boston Review, Poetry, DENVER QUARTERLY, Matrix, and many other journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry (Scribners, 1994) and THE BEST OF THE PROSE POEM (White Pine Press, 2000). A recipient of poetry writing grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and the Constance H. Saltonstall Foundation, he is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University, and is currently the Bibliographer for English-Language Literature, Theater, and Film at the Cornell University Library.