Trance Archive

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





"Poetry as Ocular Radio, an essay by Andrew Joron"
Apr 9, 2013

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

- Andrew Joron, The Poetry Foundation

Poetry Flash

"Joron's fascinations have itched and procreated through a poetic career, which Trance Archive celebrates. They are fascinating, entrancing."


An Essay by Andrew Joron
Apr 1, 2013

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

- Andrew Joron, "The Poetry Foundation"

In the Margin: National Poetry Month: Spine To Spin, Spoke To Speak
Apr 19, 2010

"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

The Midwest Book Review

"An anthology of [Joron's] work from his best to his rarest, to others, anyone who wants an introduction to Joron's work would do well with Trance Archive, a top pick for poetry collections."


TheThe Poetry Blog

"Joron is one of the few poets who has identified and embraced the possibility for surrealism and Language poetry to coexist in productive synergy. . . . [He] pioneers a unique hybrid 'genre' of surrealism and science fiction . . . Whether the surrealist project was abandoned ('destroyed') or never fully realized ('not-yet-invented'), Joron's work ambitiously attempts to resuscitate it by merging it with the 21st century version of Marxist poetry and making it relevant to post-structuralism."


The Nation

"If the densely covered sheets of what I'm tempted to call [Alice] Notley's 'trance-scriptions' were reduced to their barest minimum, the distillate might be the kind of poem found in Andrew Joron's 'Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems.' " —Steve Evans


A = A
Apr 5, 2010

"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

Tillalala Chronicles

"Joron, far more so than any other of his contemporaries, is a magician, an alchemist of words; his work is modern, has a contemporary freshness to it, yet also has an undertone of antiquity, of ivy-clad towers and ancient residues. . . . Reading his work is like entering a hall of mirrors."
—John Olson


Garrett Caples Interviews Andrew Joron for Studio One's April 2nd Reading
Mar 30, 2010

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

Esther Press

"In just the fourth month of this new year, I can absolutely guarantee that this will be one of the most cherished books, most agile of lyric wonders, by the end of it."