Poetry. Lohren Green's POETICAL DICTIONARY concludes with chaos and begins with acrobatics. In between these he presents us with "both a book of words and a cosmos"; a linguistic gas cloud bounded by the universal and the particular. Green's project departs from the traditional dictionary, a peculiar contraption of sense and order. In the preface, he reviews the architectures of these teetering, teeming, linguistic edifices. His attitude towards words is almost that of a material scientist, exploding an individual specimen of language--"bulwark" "heft" "oyster" "purple" "torpid" "foreplay"--in order to ascertain its "synthesis of body and concept." Organized into SUBJECT WORD, PRONUNCIATION, ETYMOLOGY, and DEFINITION, each entry in the POETICAL DICTIONARY makes the traditional dictionary hiccup, divulging the stanza within the standard definition and the wiggle of wit in the pronunciation key. "addressable / glow unit of / information"--from "pixel."
Lohren Green is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of ATMOSPHERICS (Quale Press, 2014), and a book of poetry and prose entitled POETICAL DICTIONARY: ABRIDGED, which was published by Atelos Press in 2003 (now in its third printing, the book was a Small Press Distribution poetry bestseller for the decade 2000-2009). Lohren completed his Ph.D. at the University of Calfornia at Berkeley's Department of Rhetoric, and his Master's at Cambridge University in England, where he studied history and philosophy of science. He was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His writing has appeared in journals including 32 Poems, Open City, and Shark, a set of his poems are included in the compilation ENCYCLOPEDIA (VOL. 2) (Encyclomedia, 2010), and his poetry is included in the anthology OLD FLAME (WordFarm, 2013). Author City: SAN CARLOS, CA USA