Poetry. Taking formal and methodological inspiration from the speedcore, thrash-jazz "miniatures" of John Zorn's Naked City, the poems of TORTURE GARDEN: NAKED CITY PASTORELLES are dense, impacted crystals of reference and insinuation: Hegel to Hüsker Dü; Milton to Moorcock; a high-style restaurant on Edinburgh's Royal Mile to the Meadowlands; Ruskin to webcam S&M. These concentrated bursts of cynicism, rancor, and frustrated lyricism are not minima moralia for an electronic age, but literate squawks thrown at the screen of contemporaneity's faceless spectacle.
Mark Scroggins is a poet, biographer, and literary critic. He has written The Poem of a Life: A Biography of Louis Zukofsky, two collections of essays and reviews, and a book on the British fantasy author Michael Moorcock. His books of poetry are Anarchy (2003), TORTURE GARDEN: NAKED CITY PASTORELLES (2011), and RED ARCADIA (2012). Author City: MONTCLAIR, NJ USA