Poetry. Ever have a line from a song stick in your head? What happens when you let it take off on its own? The product of many two-hour late-night commutes, MACHINES WE HAVE BUILT yields the poetic detritus left after a full day, when the need to stay awake and the longing to get home are paramount. Each prose poem in MACHINES WE HAVE BUILT is a riff into what occurs when language is allowed to devour itself and where metaphor splices into metaphor, forming a domain where literal language becomes entirely figurative, where fashioning these language constructs simultaneously frees and imprisons us, making us both forget—and be all too aware—that the mind is a device that builds and destroys what we call real.
Gian Lombardo's books include the prose poetry collections BRICKED BATS (Quale Press, 2021), SEEING WITH EYES CLODED, (Quale Press, 2019), MACHINES WE HAVE BUILT (Quale Press, 2014), Who Lets Go First (2010), Aid & A_Bet (2008), Of All the Corners to Forget (2004), Sky Open Again (1997), Before Arguable Answers (1993), and STANDING ROOM (Dolphin-Moon Press1989) as well as the poetry collection Between Islands (1984). Lombardo's translations include Michel Delville's Anything & Everything (2016), Archestratos's Gastrology or Life of Pleasure or Study of the Belly or Inquiry Into Dinner (2009), Michel Delville's Third Body (2009), Eugène Savitzkaya's Rules of Solitude (2004), and Aloysius Bertrand's Flemish School, Old Paris, & Night and Its Spells (2000). He directs Quale Press, which mainly publishes prose poetry, and teaches publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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