Poetry. "If you want politics with your poetry, this is the book for you—politics not as subject but as a process, highlighting 'language mechanism' rather than content. Sherry is a member in good standing of the Language Poets, who contend that language itself is complicitous in the schemings of capitalist culture. The conspiracy-mongering in these short prose poems has its hysterical moments ('The idea of a native meter of American speech is an effort to co-opt and freeze the way people speak'), and the language itself, for all the author's brash intentions to save it from 'the ruling classes,' seems as if a neutron bomb has visited—no signs of life, only structures. There is a loose narrative here—Graceland, a 'displaced underwriter of short-term paper,' and Carpaccio, a 'hazardous-waste disposer,' make random appearances in a post-nuclear holocaust landscape—yet one senses there is little but contempt for the reader in these half-hearted concessions to storytelling. Because this is perhaps the most intricate statement yet from the theoretical far left in American poetry, its inability to mount a persuasive argument may well signal that movement's long-rumored death"—Publishers Weekly.
James Sherry is the author of eleven previous books of poetry and prose, most recently ENTANGLED BANK (Chax Press, 2016) and OOPS! ENVIRONMENTAL POETICS (BlazeVox Books, 2013). He is publisher of Roof Books and started the Segue Foundation, Inc., a multi–arts producer, in 1977 in New York City.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA