An Army of Lovers

An Army of Lovers

Eleven Eleven

"To step into the worlds created in An Army of Lovers takes more than just a casual commitment. Spahr and Buuck move from stream-of-consciousness surrealism to the economic and deliberate language of Carver in the time it takes to flip a page. Theirs are stories that demand reading chops. Meet them halfway and the reward is a narrative that seduces while throwing a brick through your window."—Adam Park

Notre Dame Review

Daniel Morris provides an extensive review of An Army of Lovers  by David Buuck and Juliana Spahr in the Winter/Spring 2015 Issue of Notre Dame Review. " Spahr and Buuck express(ing) hope after hopelessness about the potential to reimagine poetry as a progressive social genres." "Unquestionably, Spahr and Buuck continue in An Army of Lovers  to advocate for a collaborative textual engagement  that pushes readers in the direction of building communities and participatory culture . . . poetry in An Army of Lovers does indeed make stuff happen"—Daniel Morris

Rain Taxi

"By means of a series of stylistically and tonally various prose segments (by turns reflexive and dialogic, ironic and depressive, unhinged and hallucinatory, wetly emotional and dryly wry, including a detournement of a Raymond Carver story), the book centers, emotionally, on the ebb and flow of what it calls 'struggle-force.' Signature drone strikes, torture, ecological collapse, environmental illness and chronic fatigue syndrome: it's all connected."—Miranda Mellis

"An interview with Juliana Spahr and David Buuck"
Feb 18, 2014

Juliana Spahr and David Buuck respond to a question about the economic inequality in the US, answer "Can poetry do anything?" and many other interesting questions.

- SPLABMAN. Paul E Nelson

"An Army of Lovers in The Georgia Review"
Jan 17, 2014

An Army of Lovers, written by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, comes to light in The Georgia Review

- The Georgia Review

SF Weekly

"The book offers many ways of approaching the age-old questions What makes something art and What makes someone a decent citizen, as well as (if not primarily) exploring the ways in which the answers to these questions might intersect. More impressively, it does so without being didactic and yet without being obscure, as so many efforts at high-concept art tend to be."—Evan Karp

"An excerpt from An Army of Lovers appeared on Lemon Hound"
Jan 10, 2014

An excerpt from the book An Army of Lovers, written by David Buuck & Juliana Spahr, appeared on Lemon Hound

- Sina Queyras, Lemon Hound


"Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, An Army of Lovers is as serious as it is absurd."—Christopher Higgs

"An Army of Lovers recognized among the Books of the year"
Dec 18, 2013

An Army of Lovers, written by Juliana Spahr and David Buuck, is one of the favorite books of the year.

- Sina Queyras, Lemon Hound

"World Literature Today highlights An Army of Lovers"
Nov 1, 2013

An Army of Lovers, written by Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, is among the books for every Bibliophile.

- World Literature Today

The Volta

"I am fascinated by their attention to inequality, to questions of violence and community: something borne out by the collaboration itself."—Bhana Kapil's Best Books of 2013 on The Volta

San Jose Mercury News

"Authors who co-write often produce two halves that refuse to coalesce, but East Bay poets Juliana Spahr and David Buuck fuse with fantastic results in this short experimental novel. It's the story of Demented Panda and Koki, two poets united by a desire to write politically engaged works. Wounded, bored, inspired and skeptical, they soldier on through a landscape of toxic spills, consumer excess, odd juxtapositions and trance states."—Georgia Rowe

"The San Francisco Chronicle features favorite first lines from new books"
Oct 20, 2013

"The San Francisco Bay Area can boast of having both many great poets and many mediocre poets." -- Juliana Spahr & David Buuck, first line from their new novel An Army of Lovers.

- San Francisco Chronicle

"Interview on the Radar blog"
Oct 15, 2013

Poet Samuel Ace spoke to Juliana Spahr and David Buuck about their collaborative new book, An Army of Lovers, and their subsequent reading at The RADAR Reading Series.

- Samuel Ace, Radar Productions

"Juliana Spahr and David Buuck interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle"
Oct 10, 2013

Spahr and Buuck discuss their collaboration with journalist Tony DuShane.

- Tony DuShane, San Francisco Chronicle

Publishers Weekly

"This experimental work is not for the faint of heart, but it is laced with meditations that will appeal to readers concerned with poetry's role in the world."

"Excerpt in Bomb Magazine, Winter 2012"
Dec 1, 2012

Read an excerpt from Army of Lovers on Bomb Magazine's Bombsite.

- Bombsite