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
Born and raised near New Haven, Connecticut, Fred Muratori is an alumnus of Fairfield University and of the graduate creative writing program at Syracuse University, where he studied with Philip Booth and W.D. Snodgrass. He is the author of three full-length poetry collections, A CIVILIZATION (Dos Madres Press, 2014), THE SPECTRA (Stockport Flats Press, 2011) and Despite Repeated Warnings (Basfal Books, 1994), as well as a chapbook, The Possible (State Street Press, 1988). His poems and prose poems have appeared widely in journals such as The Iowa Review, New American Writing, Hotel Amerika, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Verse, River Styx, and Stone Canoe; in the anthology series The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Prose Poem; the textbook Writing Dangerous Poetry; and on the Poetry Daily web site. His reviews of contemporary poetry can be found in Boston Review, American Book Review, Library Journal, Manhattan Review, and Notre Dame Review, among others. A recipient of poetry writing grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Saltonstall Foundation, he lives in Ithaca, New York and works as the Bibliographer for English-language Literature, Theater and Film at the Cornell University Library.