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Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate

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Poetry. Cross-Genre. Fiction. Drama. "It would take a miracle to perform this pageant. For a start, you would have to reanimate Charlotte Bronte, Adolf Loos, and Ronald Reagan, and you would need an ungodly amount of wax. Most of the action is obscene, and therefore takes place offstage. The actors enter and report on scenes of spectacular violence that go on all the time ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Tarpaulin Sky Press (first published May 15th 2011)
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Robert Kloss
Sep 30, 2011 Robert Kloss rated it it was amazing
OHANNES GORANSSON'S entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate is one of those rare literary achievements, a work so new and brilliant and strange that a reviewer initially fumbles for any possible comparisons and antecedents to make sense of the text in-question. In this case, none of the ready comparisons really live up to this new object, not even that readiest of comparisons, the plays of Jean Genet, with their obsessions of identity, their masks, their pageantry, thei ...more
Jul 12, 2011 M. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've been reading Johannes blogs online for a year or two now and I always find what he has to say at least interesting, if not something I agree with-- always intellectually stimulating as well. Despite knowing of his presence, and loving Action Yes & Action Books, I had yet to actually read any of his own work. After reading Blake Butler's interview with Goransson, I decided that it was fairly urgent I order this book (so I did).

As much as I can appreciate the form the book takes, and what
Jun 16, 2011 David rated it really liked it
What can you even say about a book like this? It is definitely weird, but it is interesting to read. This isn't just random images thrown together. It certainly doesn't make normal, linear sense but it feels like it does. On some level I felt like I understood the flow though when I stopped to think about it, it made no sense at all. There was some level below conscious processing where I followed even though my conscious mind couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. To me, that is what m ...more
Edward Rathke
Apr 04, 2013 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it
Violent and chaotic and like pornography I'd never want to see. It's not nonsense, but it might feel that way. It's not pretty but you might forget.

It's difficult to even say what it is, but whatever it is, it is a lot of it dressed in the wildest costumes imaginable.
Jun 14, 2012 J.A. rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal and enormously important book. Highly recommended.
Joseph Michael Owens
Aug 03, 2011 Joseph Michael Owens rated it it was amazing
...To pull off Göransson’s seemingly impossible pageant—as Aaron Kunin has previously noted—you’d have to resurrect Charlotte Brontë, Adolf Loos and Ronald Reagan, not just wax simulacra and trained actors to play them. Also, the actors would almost certainly have to be escaped mental patients and the pageant staged in a crowded suburban mall.

Göransson’s pageant will feature recurring themes of (but not limited to): riots, “invented erotics,” natives, guns, “jacklighting,” burns, penises, disea
Beware of that bird-like child....He's been translated from another place: a blown-up place, a devouring place. Have mercy on his skin. He's flimsy. Gross. If you let him in, the play is lost. His dingle-dangle is a strange fruit. Get out of here if you don't know how to raise a child, how to save a child, from this disease. It's a disease of language. I suspect I have it already. Shit.


You must use tweezers. Dummy. The shards are hard to pull out. Dummy. We are
Sam Moss
I'm not really sure what Goransson is trying to do all the time. Seems like this work is best read on the sentence level, but then there are supposed to be all these statements on race and gender and soceity, but I can't really find them.

Definitely intriguing, the sort of work where the artist is either a scam artist or a genius, but probably something altogether different. He has a few good lines, but then there is a lot of dross too. Anyways it made me uncomfortable, which was good and 'put me
Rachel burns
Sep 29, 2012 Rachel burns rated it really liked it
Grotesque, charming, what the fuck just happened
Jun 27, 2013 Parker rated it it was amazing
I imagined myself getting a bunch of money from hollywood to produce this film, but never actually filming anything. I'd just get the actors and the special effects and try to make this come to life in my head. That would be the only way this book could be performed. For one weirdo who could afford it.
Mark Folse
Sep 10, 2011 Mark Folse rated it it was ok
My in progress review: a difficult work of surrealism that is testing my limits for the form but curious enough to finish, and perhaps re-read. More a task than a pleasure at this point.
david blumenshine
Jul 29, 2012 david blumenshine rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-poetry
what a mind eff.
bizarre, but not unapproachable.
this is my head lopped aflame.
i'll be returning to it again, for some later bomb.
Ryder Collins
Apr 02, 2012 Ryder Collins rated it it was amazing
Genet on steroids. If I ever teach a grad class on postmodern works, this will be on my syllabus. Oh yes.
Jesse Sawyer
Nov 21, 2012 Jesse Sawyer rated it really liked it
If anyone ever performs this pageant irl I will build a shrine to them.
Jan 22, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
Had to read this for my class. All I have to say is: What?
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Johannes Göransson is interested in approaches to writing that crosses boundaries – such as genre conventions and linguistic borders – and blurs the demarcations of the autonomous text. He is the author of three books of his own writings – A New Quarantine Will Take My Place, Dear Ra and Pilot (Johann the Carousel Horse) – with one more forthcoming in 2011, The Entrance Pageant. He wrote a perform ...more
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