Deep Code

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Deep Code
City Lights Spotlight Series No. 12

American Microreviews & Interviews

"Deep Code reads as part of the family of recent books of poems that use a tornado of sensory information to put pressure on what the objectless object world of Twitter, etc. might be doing to our ability to attend to the features of our humanness. What's impressive to me about Deep Code is that the speaker’s work to parse that virtual world and make space for it all maintains itself within the emotional core of the book. It’s a book that documents the process of fighting to feel like a person and to understand what that could look like and mean. If it’s a book full of stuff and virtual stuff, it’s also a book full of feelings and ideas, one inextricable from the next."––Davy Knittle


"Disjunction and parataxis are at a premium here, each line its own thing, sometimes even each word … Or rather, almost its own thing, because after all there remains a wisp of a rhythm that orients each line to the others, however loosely––a last hint of innate sensibility … It would take something like the physics that describes the path of a stone skipping across the surface of a pond to calculate the pattern formed by the points this sensation touches before sinking away, lost. And that is where what we usually call meaning occurs, in Coletti's poems: totally submerged, only its ripples still visible."––Barry Schwabsky

"'Dukes Up' by John Coletti"

A poem from John Coletti's book Deep Code, "Dukes Up" is featured as an excerpt on The Poetry Project website.

- The Poetry Project

Poetry Project Newsletter

"Deep Code is like the skyhook of poetry. The poems are quick, tight, surprising, and unstoppable. The poems are beautiful to watch as they move across the page––this is a book of poems that is certainly built to last, all encompassing and omni-relevant in their portraiture."––Erika Kaufman


"The poems in Deep Code continue to challenge my expectations and enlarge the parameters of my reading … I trust Coletti in areas where my own comfort is absent in part because of my reading of a poet like [Frank] O'Hara over the years. One classic New Yorker has led me to embrace the extravagances of another New Yorker from out my own generation … On a couch in eternity, O’Hara and Coletti will hopefully one day meet."––Patrick James Dunagan