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Autobiomythography & Gallery Paperback – November 1, 2011
The Amazon Book Review
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Joe Pan's stunning debut collection explores and collides the dual experiences of self and world in a language and music superbly calibrated. There is an authority of voice and a sweep of experience that graces each of these beautifully made poems. - Stuart Dischell, author of Backwards Days, Dig Safe, Evenings & Avenues..........[This] ambitious first collection shows its strength immediately. Narrative and pastiche combine to defy easy categories. I am especially moved by the series of poems entitled 'Memory of the Body,' finding in each a living portrait of one cognizant and honest in the minutes of his life. - Claudia Keelan, author of The Devotion Field, Utopic, The Secularist..........If consciousness is a stream, then this book is a stream flooded over, a whitewater of understanding and empathy. Inventive and eclectic. - J. C. Hallman, author of The Chess Artist and The Devil is a Gentleman --Book
Autobiomythography & Gallery is the best new book of poetry read by this reviewer this year. It is incredibly strong....This is great poetry. --Matt Soucy, Coldfront Magazine
In his passionate response to Jonathan Franzen ('Why Experimental Fiction Threatens to Destroy Publishing....' Harper's), Ben Marcus outlines a new writer, one who is more concerned with tricking out his reader's Wernicke s area a part of the brain that processes language than delivering anyone through a nifty but necessarily diminutive story. Marcus hails 'writers who have pounded on the emotional possibilities of their mode,' who 'bend the habitual gestures around new shapes.' I celebrate every time a book with Marcus' sensibilities rolls off the press. Joe [Pan]'s first collection of poetry...is such a book. [His] sense of language is striking nearly perfect, in some poems. He seems to be after what might be called 'the new get,' 'get' as in 'I don't get it.' Autobiomythography is remarkable as a response to that frustrated quandary; spending just a few minutes with the book promotes the sense that there is, in fact, something important to understand there... --Adam Robinson, JMWW
From the Author
Joe Pan is the author of two poetry collections, Autobiomythography & Gallery (BAP) and Hiccups, or Autobiomythography II (Augury Books). He is the publisher and managing editor of Brooklyn Arts Press, serves as the poetry editor for the arts magazine Hyperallergic, and is the founder of the services-oriented activist group Brooklyn Artists Helping. His piece "Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper," a hybrid work about drones, was excerpted and praised in The New York Times. In 2015 Joe will participate in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space artist residency program on Governors Island. Joe attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, grew up along the Space Coast of Florida, and now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When people talk about poetry, they constantly speak of imagery, which should also be utilized in fiction too. But I feel like it should be more than imagery, it should also hit something in you too. But I feel like I talk too much about this, it's all up to the writer and the poet.
So this chapbook, with a title that is way too long and stumble worthy, has everything. From the typical poetry style, prose poem stories, odes, and who knows, maybe a sestina. I can't really say I loved this chapbook, but I will say that this guy, his poetry hand, is quite wonderful. He's great at constructing these words and images, painting a whole lot of absurdity and clarity that morphs so close together, it kind of makes your brain twitch or something.
Surrealist poetry is definitely something that occurs a lot in this book, which I don't mind. There are some that form a coherent story, with magical realism, life snippets, and other random oddities and ordinaries of life. Which is what I liked, it seemed original, it felt new, yet familiar.
But there was something about this book that overwhelmed me. There were some that were too wordy, too chocked full with everything mushed into sentences. I felt like, some of the poems were too, I don't know, too full. They felt as if they were going to combust with it's wordiness and its surrealism. It was just too much, I don't know, I kind of got a headache from a combination of reading this and school stress. But with a name like Autobiomythography, what would you expect? It nice and cool, but oh my the words. My brain, *boom*.