A mature and largely unknown poet, Jeffrey Herrick - an American living in Japan - ALMOST THENCE SUM is a profound work of international poetic harvesting.
Jeffrey Herrick’s poetry, in an essentially celebratory mode, performs a disruption of language as we know it, a veritable violence that only the rarest poets authorize themselves to allow. It’s an unprecedented genre created in the spirited interest of language self-reinvention. How we read poetry undergoes here the kind of transformation that awakens its inherent potential—the possibility for embodying what Charles Olson called our further nature. And it's work with a concrete, visual dimension that occupies the space between many languages—a work in diversity by a polyglot American poet who has lived for decades abroad from the Middle East to Japan. The author of several previous books, this is Herrick’s first to appear in this country.
Afterward by Jerome John McGann.
Jeffrey Herrick is the author of PATTERNS AND FITTINGS IN ZIPANGU (Osaka: Tsune-Ato Shuppan, 2000), VALANCES (Osaka: Tsune-Ato Shuppan, 2006), POETRYING (Tokyo: Eishosha, 2011), and, among other books, HOME OM (Osaka: Noah, 2017). CDs of his jazz recitations include "Home Om" (double CD, 2016) and ANAMNESIS (2016). Herrick has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and is a professor of English at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, where he lives.
Jerome John McGann is an American academic and textual scholar whose work focuses on the history of literature and culture from the late eighteenth century to the present.