Trance Archive

Trance Archive
New and Selected Poems; City Lights Spotlight No. 3

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"Poetry as Ocular Radio, an essay by Andrew Joron"

Andrew Joron writes about poetry as oracular radio for The Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet. 

-Andrew Joron, The Poetry Foundation Apr 9, 2013

An Essay by Andrew Joron

Andrew Joron writes about poetry books as tangible art for The Poetry Foundation's blog, Harriet.

-Andrew Joron, "The Poetry Foundation" Apr 1, 2013

In the Margin: National Poetry Month: Spine To Spin, Spoke To Speak

"Editor's Note: To celebrate National Poetry Month, we are sampling some of the wonderful work published by small presses that focus on poetry. Each week throughout April, we’ll feature poems from a different press. This week, we offer selections from City Lights. Founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti not long after the famed San Francisco bookstore City Lights Books opened in 1953, City Lights Publishing has made a tradition of celebrating new and emerging voices -- and has always maintained a special bond with readers of poetry (perhaps their most widely read volume is their Pocket Poets edition of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl), and cherished its roots among Beats and other champions of the counterculture.

We begin the week with Andrew Joron's 'Spine To Spin, Spoke To Speak,' from Trance Archive: New & Selected Poems, released this month from City Lights."

-Bill Tipper, Barnes & Noble Review Apr 19, 2010

A = A

"Mine to ask a mask to say, A is not A.

No one, ever the contrarian, to answer.

The moon is both divided & multiplied
by water: as chance, as the plural of chant."

-Andrew Joron, The Nation Apr 5, 2010

Garrett Caples Interviews Andrew Joron for Studio One's April 2nd Reading

GARRETT CAPLES: "You've recently had your selected poems, Trance Archive, published by City Lights; it goes back to your first book in 1987. What is it like, at this point in your career, to take a backwards glance at your trajectory as a poet? Do you see more disjunctions or continuities in the development of your work?"

ANDREW JORON: "My first poem was published three decades ago in a science-fiction magazine. In fact, I spent the first half of my career as a poet in the science-fiction field, an unusual trajectory for a poet. I regarded science fiction as a place where the Romantic imagination was still alive; the affinities between science fiction and surrealism informed my practice for most of that time. Eventually, my work exceeded the conventions of the genre, and I began to realize that the experimental poetry scene was much more conducive to the kind of poetry I was writing."

-Garrett Caples, Studio One Reading Series Mar 30, 2010