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Poasis
Selected Poems 1986-1999
Pierre Joris



Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan
2001 • 212 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$17.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6435-1



“For decades, Joris has been a key translator of important avant-garde authors . . . The best parts of this book are found in plain-spoken observations... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Poasis, Joris's first major publication in the United States, highlights his work since the mid-1980s.

Pierre Joris's poems are characterized by an arresting mix of passion and intellect, by what Pound called "language charged with meaning." For Joris, a language is always a second language, and his poetry takes as its main concern the question of marginality and exile. He is unique in being an American poet comfortable in three languages, and his work is filled with a dynamic language play, cross-linguistic puns, and themes of speculation on language, translation, and nomadism. Poasis, Joris's first major publication in the United States, highlights his work since the mid-1980s.

Reviews / Endorsements

“For decades, Joris has been a key translator of important avant-garde authors . . . The best parts of this book are found in plain-spoken observations about why Americans can be so dogmatic . . . Here, one senses the complexities of being an interstitial writer, of existing somewhere on the edge of mediated, globalized culture, away from theories of being and economics, yet with all the pulp and paradoxes of these issues delivered in the details.”—Publishers Weekly

“To read the poetry of Pierre Joris is to listen to the ticking of the words, to observe them preparing to move and alter themselves so as to expose the nature of what a split second of fervor in language can do to meaning. Reading Poasis is experiencing the pleasure and the challenge of being constantly on the edge of what matters, be it the alphabet, a tree, a lake, a lemur, or ‘a dream of a desert in a book’”—Nicole Brossard, author of Picture Theory and Installations

From the Book:

light on light is blind
dark on dark is blind

light through dark is not

dark through light is movement
dark through light becomes,
is becoming,
to move through
light is becoming,

is all
we can know.



Pierre Joris is the author of more than twenty books, most recently h.j.r. (1999) and Winnetou Old (1994), and has translated Paul Celan and Pablo Picasso, among others. With Jerome Rothenberg he co-edited Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry (1995 volume 1, 1998 volume 2). He is Professor of English at SUNY-Albany.



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