Poetry. Alan Gilbert's much anticipated debut threads desire and loss, image and consumption, memory and hope through a dystopian landscape of war, ecological disaster, and the ruins of empire. As in Dante, love is the guiding principle for a personal and social practice, even if paradise is just as likely to bury it all under a mountain of wreckage.
"Alan Gilbert's powerful first collection reads like a verbal superconductor collider, wherein the intractable litter of our times careens though dark space, indifferent to our need to pause or reflect; an additive slippage disintegrates the status quo."—Ann Lauterbach
"These poems are like no others...they seethe and roil and bite and play on through the cold lens of a microscope in the scathing and witty lineage of William S. Burroughs.... An enormous achievement."—Anne Waldman
Alan Gilbert is the author of three previous books of poetry, THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF DESIGN (Studio / SplitLevel Texts, 2020), THE TREATMENT OF MONUMENTS (SplitLevel Texts, 2012) and LATE IN THE ANTENNA FIELDS (Futurepoem Books, 2011). He is also the author of a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight (Wesleyan University Press). He is the recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a 2006 Creative Capital Foundation Award for Innovative Literature.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA