Poetry. "To Surrealism's associative leaps, juxtapositions, and kitsch paradoxes, Joron's savage detective lends his background in the philosophy of science, borrowing from non-linear systems theory, linguistic anthropology and speculative narrative for his poetics, which are at once lyrical and emphatic to the point of dissonance: 'Poetry is the self-organized criticality of the cry.' He leans heavily on sound—homophones, alliterations and paronomasias resonantly determine signs and linkages—raiding the stuff of light verse for his serious project. As in a haunted house of the twentieth century ('the people could not be distinguished from deserted buildings'; 'the city, the arc of an abandoned soliloquy'), blurs of consonance, assonance, and letter shapes can seem to do things all by themselves."—David Lau
Andrew Joron is the author of THE ABSOLUTE LETTER, a collection of poems published by Flood Editions, 2017. Joron's previous poetry collections include TRANCE ARCHIVE (City Lights, 2010), THE SOUND MIRROR (Flood Editions, 2008), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Removed (Hard Press, 1999). "The Cry of Zero", a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the "Literary Essay" of Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University. Press, 1998) and The Perpetual Motion Machine, by the proto-Dada Fanta it's Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.