Deep Code
Deep Code
City Lights Spotlight No. 12

Deep Code explores "side language," as a subset of other languages, whether slang or metaphor, to both communicate and obfuscate.

Combining a bent lyric perception with a fragmentation redolent of French cubism, Coletti portrays contemporary urban experience, from power relations and personal loss to nights among city dwellers recording their convivial distress, glad and dissolute at once. Part teddy bear fleeing the cultish outlines of the American northwest, part Apollinaire in Brooklyn, Coletti culls his materials from the ether and assembles them into resonant structures at once intensely personal and strangely universal—a little outrageous—both confusingly lovely and apt in their ungainliness. Lines like "I'm nearly home is what everyone says" and "triceratops & the bad glue / that made us good friends," only begin to demonstrate the astute linguistic eye and deft line break sense of John Coletti.

John Coletti is the author of the book Mum Halo (2010) and the chapbooks Same Enemy Rainbow (2008) and Physical Kind (2005). With Anselm Berrigan, he is the author of the limited edition Skasers (2012). He has served as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter and co-edits Open 24 Hours Press. Other projects include a collaborative print with artist Kiki Smith, a chapbook collaboration with Shana Moulton, and a libretto for Excelsior, an opera composed by Caleb Burhans commissioned by Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble which premiered in 2013.

Title Deep Code
Subtitle City Lights Spotlight No. 12
Volume 12
Author John Coletti
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 11 November 2014
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 100 p.
ISBN-10 0872866491
ISBN-13 9780872866492
Publication Date 11 November 2014
Main content page count 100
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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