Forrest Gander

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Born in the Mojave Desert, Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and spent significant periods in San Francisco, Dolores Hidalgo (Mexico), and Eureka Springs, Arkansas before moving to Rhode Island. He holds degrees in literature and in geology, a subject that recurs in his writing and for which his work has been connected to ecological poetics.

Collaboration has been an important engagement for Gander who, over the years, has worked with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sally Mann, Eiko & Koma, Lucas Foglia, Ashwini Bhat, Richard Hirsch & Michael Rogers. He also translates extensively and has edited several anthologies of contemporary poetry from Latin America, Spain, and Japan.

He writes across the genres. A recent project with the Chile
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Forrest Gander Geeze, Robert. I just saw this-- two years late. So sorry. Yes, a lot of people (and critics) consider 4 the major poem of the book for just the…moreGeeze, Robert. I just saw this-- two years late. So sorry. Yes, a lot of people (and critics) consider 4 the major poem of the book for just the reasons you cite. I was thinking of the much simpler poem number 2. Its simplicity is part of its appeal to me. But I go back and forth on different days. I'm glad you were reading the book. (less)
Forrest Gander Hi Anthony. Not quite sure what you mean-- opinions from people who have been there. I've spent a lot of time there, myself, and I translate a lot of…moreHi Anthony. Not quite sure what you mean-- opinions from people who have been there. I've spent a lot of time there, myself, and I translate a lot of Mexican writers. I just wanted to write about how the landscape holds the history of the people (and birds and animals) that have crossed it. A traumatic history in an unforgiving desert. I don't know if you were thinking about the differing opinions about immigration across the border. That's a way bigger subject than this forum makes space for. (less)
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How Forests Think by Eduardo Kohn
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My Aussie eco-poetic friend Stuart Cooke gave this 3 stars, and I respect him, but I found the book completely preposterous, and I did want so much to like it. But Eduardo Kohn hyper-romanticizes the Amazonian Runa as the nearly perfect community, th ...more
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A language of muscle and elbows

A fleshy torrent of rude raw masculinity, blinkered self-awareness, family circumstance as fist; and inside the fist one alien vulnerable child grows conscious of himself as unlike the rest. Torres invents a sthenic gut
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This Fatal Looking Glass by Martin Corless-Smith
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Once again, the most riveting book in the house is the new one by Martin Corless-Smith, This Fatal Looking Glass. Straddling forms— memoir, fiction, poetry, aphorism, daybook—even as the first-person protagonist (and his third-person avatar) lists be ...more
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"Sentence by sentence, is there a better fictionist alive today, than Steve Stern? His meticulously carved prose is always a joy, knotty with puns, colorful phrasings, good humor, playful syntax and an encyclopedic knowledge of history and lore. I..." Read more of this review »
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Arc Tangent by Eric Selland
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Shifting between prose poems, haibun, and line-broken statements— “What remains is physical sensation”— and a more intensely elliptical and syntactically acrobatic lyric, Selland joins a Heideggerian concern for the nature of being (which was profoun ...more
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The Differences by Patrick Morrissey
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Exploring the line as a situation that “justifies itself/ by what it makes/ possible to hear,” Morrissey brings a vigorous and gorgeous attentiveness to the lyric thought of feeling, the feeling of thought.
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The Infinitesimals by Laura Kasischke
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And then I saw
myself

as a snapshot of a statue of a woman saying
certain things forever. But…

Absence-haunted, The Infinitesimals explores a dark domesticity in sonically-carved, spooky, jumpy takes. Kasischke is the master of a precise lyric shorthand,
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“Let me tell you something about meditation. At the absolute center, is the vortex we are spun from like clay, there is a shaping hand which is neither Godlike nor peaceful as you imagine.”
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“Love solves nothing, but your love made me appear to myself.”
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“I have lost the consolation of faith/ though not the ambition to worship”
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