A Stephen Jonas Reader
Edited by Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich, Joseph Torra
Introduction by Joseph Torra
Afterword by David Rich
Nov 5, 2019
"Arcana brings together the first major gathering of work by Stephen Jonas in over two decades. Jonas, a poet of Boston who died in 1970 at the age of 49, is an American original, as brilliant a wordsmith as any in what might best be termed the poetics of the New American vernacular. The intensity of Jonas's poetry surprises and delights as his words burst across the page. He introduces a gay, gender-bending, street hustling voice into the Modernist tradition, deeply immersing his work in Ezra Pound's use of collage in The Cantos while paying due diligence to the intricacies of William Carlos Williams’ poetics of the variable foot and the American idiom. . . . These poems are for lovers as much as they are for hustlers, let alone poets themselves."––Patrick James Dunagan
"'The Elusive Neutron': Stephen Jonas & Robert Lowell"
Jul 22, 2019
Essay comparing Stephen Jonas's Boston to Robert Lowell, and the occasion of the "rediscovery" of Jonas's work with the publication fo Arcana.
"Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader should become a fixture on everyone's shelves and as such, I think that the book’s editors—and City Lights—should receive some praise not so much for rescuing (I hate that word) but for reinvesting in such a talent as Jonas."
Jul 1, 2019
"Despite having significant champions like the late Gerrit Lansing, John Wienters, Robin Blaser, Jack Spicer, and others, Jonas's work has long been out of print and this beautifull edited volume will certainly bring him into the picture."––Ammiel Alcalay
"Imagined Selves: David Rich on the Anti-biographies of Stephen Jonas"
Apr 1, 2019
An interview with Arcana editor David Rich on the "lives" of Stephen Jonas.
Woody Haut's Blog
May 15, 2019
"[T]he publication of Arcana is not only welcome but long overdue. And City Lights has to be commended for getting Jonas' work out there. Likewise, the book's editors Garrett Caples, Derek Fenner, David Rich and Joseph Torra. Their introductory remarks and postscript have managed to not only gumshoe Jonas' life––a noir existence by any definition of the term––but to place his poetry in a historical context."––Woody Haut
"Spring 2019 Announcements: Poetry"
Dec 7, 2018
Arcana selected to the top 10 upcoming Spring 2019 poetry books.
Essay about Stephen Jonas appearing on Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog.
Oct 23, 2018