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Dear Ra (a Story in Flinches)

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Poetry. Fiction. In this indeterminate text comprised of letters, resembling both fiction and poetry but not wholly comfortable in either category, each sentence is like being stabbed by a beautiful murderer, each new entry like crossing a border into another language. "As intimate as it is expansive, this hybrid prose-poem-novel trips from razor-blade symphonies, to the h ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Starcherone Books
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It's a great book. Johannes language swells throughout DEAR RA. He has what I can only call "moves" that make statements, then unmake them, or explode them, or drill into them:

"Before refrigerators were invented, people used to pour salt on their fish. Before rocking horses were invented, horses used to kick holes in walls. My hole is deep. Your hole is cold as a glove on the ground."
These epistolary poems are noisy, and within the noise there are lines like tiny stabs in my gut. I am pretty sure Johannes Goransson is psychically stabbing me with opalescent cocktail swords as we speak. Do I sound unstable yet? That is the cost of reading Dear Ra and that is such high praise.

Time Lord

I have been thinking about which book I have read exhibits the characteristics of the current DOCTOR WHO television series: pitch-perfect disturbing, funny, wild, and theoretically jigsaw, all in the sweet envelope of a tesseract bigger on the inside than the outside that only a book of poetry can construct.

After much consideration, and with gratitude for my entire library, as well as for the “indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries” of my library to come, I am pl
woah. that was pretty great.

a furious, unexpected poem. were you angry when bush won? how about when s/he said no? high school? when it was taken from you, and you were refused, and when you failed again and again? the poet takes and liquefies all that sick violence of actual and imagined experience and pours it into these missives to a sun-god.

maybe i don't know but it feels like it's a poem of a particular kind, a genre that you thought was always there but you just never saw in actuality bef
Hypnotic and necessary.
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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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