An Army of Lovers

An Army of Lovers

Press Reviews

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

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


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

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

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."