Poetry. PRIMITIVE STATE is a book-length tour-de-force from one of contemporary poetry's strongest search-lights. Composed as an homage to the list poem as "a catalog of consciousness-beats," the result is a long poem peculiarly perfect for twitter. Written across the fall and winter of 2008-09 as a continuous arrangement of deadpan observations, a comic reboot of the poet's writing mind, and partial portrait of the poet's then one year-old daughter, PRIMITIVE STATE is a work simultaneously spontaneous and exact, at once open-ended and satisfyingly immediate.
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Anselm Berrigan is the editor of WHAT IS POETRY? (JUST KIDDING, I KNOW YOU KNOW): INTERVIEWS FROM THE POETRY PROJECT NEWSLETTER (1983-2009), and is the author of many books of poetry, most recently SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, COME IN ALONE, and PRIMITIVE STATE. From 2003 to 2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts interdisciplinary MFA program and also teaches part- time at Brooklyn College.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA