War, and After by Joel Chace
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Syntax is never lonely in Joel Chace's War, and After. Under his watch, words form new semantic conjunctions in these prose and visual poems. The poet reaches for meaning, even as he seems to evade it, and grasps it, offering a language of "fish as stars" and "widening reading curves." The reader will also curve into this remarkable collection.
—Larissa Shmailo, author of Patient Women
In War, and After fragments renegotiate the whole & language acts as proxy disintegrating—“out of the ruins of thought red/magic / slash / slash / the new sentence.” These poems are disjunctive in the midst of a discourse both public & personal. They illumine our separateness while convincing us of possibilities beyond the poems’ sometimes sonorous, sometimes surreal calculations. They offer no surcease from “seeing what is behind.” Words are a scaffold, a skeleton. They haunt us, the “center yielding (to) another gash encircled by a newer wound.”
Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as, The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket. Collections include Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press, Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press, and Web Too, from Tonerworks. He has been creating poetry, prose poetry, visual poetry, and play scripts for more than four decades.
· Paperback: 102 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-230-3