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The other night, I was at Kasey Mohammad's house recording the sound of him breathing because I recently realized, thanks to the internet, that people would buy recordings of Kasey Mohammad breathing. I mean, it's a niche market, but what isn't these days? So, I called Kasey and said, dude, I'm coming over and I'm going to record you while you sleep. He agreed wholeheartedly. This was a real coup for me both personally and professionally as I had long been a proponent of poetry as an oral art fo ...more
I'm one of those people who'd five-star a transcription of Mohammad just breathing, but as dazzling as the books he's written since can be, the knotty, measured music of this first collection, humming with form and mystery, is the one I go back to most often. The craft floors, but the music's in the hovering.
K. Silem Mohammad is the author of Deer Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), and The Front (Roof Books, 2009). His poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is co-editor (with Richard Greene) of the essay collections The Undead and Philosophy: Chicken Soup for the Soulless (Open Court, 2006) and Quen ...moreMore about K. Silem Mohammad...