Poetry. "The poems in Joe Ross' 1000 FOLDS implicate 'Vision and what vision means//without light.' This book enFOLDS opposites, embraces oppositions. It is full of empty spaces. Here, as in life, we look 'through a tree//where the tree is//missing.' Gentle and haunting, these poems encompass what is left out."—Rae Armantrout
"Joe Ross takes on and bends all the biggies, life, time, being, the world, and of course, loving, in every stanza. His exciting new long poem, 1000 FOLDS, performs a cascading effect, as the lines open up a lyric narrative arc, creating a tour de force of form, voice, and mind."—Peter Gizzi
"What if between the crashing waves of sound (history's set-ups) we found a small peace? If the crashing waves were turned round to the music of the poem, and the silence between sounds made a place for us to live, among history's present remains? If there are poems so enabled, they are these."—Eleni Sikelianos
Author of fourteen books of poetry, Joe Ross was born in Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Temple University in Philadelphia. He soon moved thereafter to Washington, D.C. where he wrote his first book, Guards of the Heart, consisting of four plays written in poetic form. His poetry reveals close links with the Language poets but seeks in its often disjunctive structure, puns, and linguistic riddles, to be accessible to a large audience. Many of Ross's poems are subliminally political while concerned with love and interrelations between individuals. The American Voyage, in particular, concerns the idealism of American culture and its failures to live up to those ideals. In 2004, he moved to Paris, where he continues to publish while working as a communication and social design strategist and presentation director. His most recent titles are Strati (bilingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2007), Fractured // Connections… (bilingual Italian/English, La Camera Verde, 2008); Strata (Dusie Press, 2008), Wordlick (Green Integer, 2011), and 1000 FOLDS (Chax Press, 2014).
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