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Andrew Joron:

Pantograph Press
PO Box 9643
Berkeley CA, 94709

69 pp., $8.95

The poems in this well-produced, perfect-bound volume achieve a remarkable synthesis of visionary clarity and thoughtfulness that moves them far beyond what is usually described as "speculative" poetry. Using topics and themes from science and fantastic fiction, Joron creates a highly visual surrealism made coherent in each poem by a consistent point of view and/or developing process of consciousness. His language is clean, allusive, and contains nothing extraneous. Do not miss it:

     Men banished from sleep 
     wander through the night-market 

     --rummage among 
     Marvelous toys: aphrodisiac 
     Cures; a thigh-bone 
     Strung & tuned 
     To the frequency of a quasar 

     Little dolls with removeable parts 
     Packets of hair, & coinages
     Of skin

(from "Voiceprints")

--John M. Bennett

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #3,
Copyright Burning Press 1993, 1995.

Contact the editor, luigi-bob drake, at Burning Press