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This avant-garde debut novel from poets Spahr and Buuck eschews convention while containing flashes of surprising humor and insight. The novel opens and concludes with the story of Demented Panda and Koki, two mediocre San Francisco Bay Area poets who decide to collaborate. Their planned epic poem is about a vacant lot on the border of two cities, but after a summer of talking, Demented Panda has written nothing, and Koki has produced so much that it&'s the same as nothing. Subsequent sections tell the story of a composer infected with a mysterious illness, and a reworking of a Raymond Carver story is offered. The links between these sections are tenuous, although descriptions of illness and observations of the roles of art in society create a thematic unity. The deprecations of the poets&' processes in the Demented Panda and Koki sections are funny, and the observations about art in the other sections are sobering. However, many readers will question the point of the disjointed narrative, and several sequences describing the manifestations of the mystery illnesses are hard to take. This experimental work is not for the faint of heart, but it is laced with meditations that will appeal to readers concerned with poetry&'s role in the world. (Oct.)


"These are stories told with one foot in the Summer of Love and the other in the sewer."--Adam Park, Eleven Eleven Journal

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872866297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872866294
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once your friends have gone to jail and back for being beaten and for having less-lethal explosives throw at them and you get the sense that it's hard for some of them to be with others of them in the same room to pick a place to occupy or whatever and the one that you tried to do something with that wasn't part of the normal program of couples and capital and hell decides no to be your lover in any way any more and you've lost your maps and you can no longer tell if you are even capable of deepening the crisis in anyway anymore ARMY OF LOVERS becomes not just a great book but the best book ever.
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