Poetry. In DREAM LOGIC, Kamenetz deepens the exploration initiated in his previously published YONDER and brings us to the common source of poetry and dreams, which Coleridge named "primary imagination." He uncovers there an inescapable logic, full of color and association, precise and joyful. He works in the prose poetry tradition of Max Jacob and Russell Edson. These poems are constantly at play with themselves, with a dizzying logic of humor and image. They actively engage questions of identity—the "I" here is not only an other but an evanescence and a lightning burst—and their range of concerns encompasses the climate of childhood and the laws of physics. As the images in dreams do, the images in these poems ask to be encountered on their own terms as living presences.
Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, where he held the Sternberg Honors Chair, Rodger Kamenetz lives in New Orleans where he teaches his original approach to the dream, Natural Dreamwork. He is the author of DREAM LOGIC (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2020), YONDER (Lavender Ink, 2018), and TO DIE NEXT TO YOU (2013). Visit him on Twitter at @Jewinthelotus.
Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA