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.
Anselm Berrigan is a poet, teacher, and editor of offhand accumulations. He is the author of various books, chapbooks, and other idiosyncratic publications, including PREGRETS (Black Square Editions, 2021), SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY (Wave Books, 2018), COME IN ALONE (Wave Books, 2016), Zero Star Hotel, They Beat Me Over the Head with a Sack, Free Cell, Notes from Irrelevance, and Skasers (with John Coletti). He is surviving in New York City, and teaching where the work is available.
Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA