Poetry. BOHR'S SPINOZA—an experiment in ambiance, lineation and energy exchange—is a book-length poem that alternates prose and verse sections. The prose rewrites the opening salvos of Spinoza's Ethics through a conversation between two people walking around a parking lot and talking about dogs, an actual dog in someone's yard, and people in a theater watching what turns out to be a film about two people walking around a parking lot and talking about dogs. The verse takes as a formal and procedural model the exchange of electrons to create energy as documented by the writings of Niels Bohr, attempting to replicate this exchange through the redeployment and exchange of the utterance within the poem's own sonic, rather than atomic, structure.
Noah Eli Gordon is the author of several books, including IS THAT THE SOUND OF A PIANO COMING FROM SEVERAL HOUSES DOWN? (Solid Objects, 2018), THE WORD KINGDOM IN THE WORD KINGDOM (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. He teaches in the MFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press.Author City: BOULDER, CO USA