Poetry. Since his post-9/11 essay "The Emergency," Andrew Joron has been regarded as one of American poetry's most profound practitioners. TRANCE ARCHIVE draws on over twenty years of Joron's work, from his early science fiction poetry to his later fusion of surrealist romanticism and avant-garde materialism, into what he calls "speculative lyric." Infused with radical politics, Joron's poetry takes inspiration from chaos and complexity theory, and reflects personal associations ranging from anarchist philosopher Paul Feyerabend to surrealist mystic Philip Lamantia. The third volume in City Lights' vibrant Spotlight series, TRANCE ARCHIVE affirms Joron's place among major contemporary poets.
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Andrew Joron's previous books of poetry include TRANCE ARCHIVE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (City Lights, 2010), THE SOUND MIRROR (Flood Editions, 2008), FATHOM (Black Square Editions, 2003), and THE REMOVES (Hard Press, 1999). He has also published two volumes of prose: THE CRY AT ZERO (Counterpath Press, 2007), a selection of prose poems and critical essays, and THE SUN AT NIGHT (Black Square Editions, 2004), a survey of American surrealist poetry. From the German, he has translated The Perpetual Motion Machine by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011) and The Literary Essays of Marxist- Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998). As a musician, Joron plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles. He teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA