An Absence So Great and Spontaneous It Is Evidence of Light

Anne Gorrick (Author)

Product Details

Operating System
Publish Date
October 01, 2018
8.0 X 8.0 X 0.25 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Gorrick is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of several books including AN ABSENCE SO GREAT AND SPONTANEOUS IT IS EVIDENCE OF LIGHT (The Operating System, 2018), The Olfactions: Poems on Perfume (BlazeVOX Books, 2017), A's Visuality (BlazeVOX, 2015), I-FORMATION, BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 (Shearsman Books, 2010 and 2012), and KYOTOLOGIC (Shearsman Books, 2008). She co-edited (with Sam Truitt) INFILTRATION: AN ANTHOLOGY OF INNOVATIIVE POETRY FROM THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY (Station Hill Press, 2016). She has collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists' book, Swans, the ice, she said, funded by the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also collaborated on in-depth visual and textual projects with Scott Helmes and John Bloomberg-Rissman. With Melanie Klein, she curates the reading series Process to Text, which focuses on innovative writing from in and around New York's Hudson Valley. She is a past President, and continuing member of the Board of Trustees at Century House Historical Society, home of the Widow Jane Mine, an all-volunteer organization ( that presents a variety of arts events (including the annual Subterranean Poetry Festival), and preserves the history of the now-defunct local cement industry. Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.


"In a story of William Carlos Williams as a child, told by his mother, the poet puts the wrong shoes on the wrong feet by accident and upon realizing it, leaves them on for a while thinking about how weird it feels. Anne Gorrick does something like that, but with the internet and gender fluidity, in this brilliantly bizarre new book of poems. Searching for anything other than correct answers, pursuing online flaneurie by translation of source texts, the explosive humor here of interruptions, half-remembered allusions, and shifts in diction invents a gonzo musical logic, a texture which stops off at Jackson Mac Low, at Leslie Scalapino's splintered phenomenology, and at a NY school idiom of being surprised by your own writing, before continuing on with its own glorious road movie. "Kiss the snot otter in a hard hat / and then tell a story about your stuff" "Is Percocet on the periodic table?" "Herpes travels to a science center as Brineshrimpdirect" "Plenty of fish, please touch, pleaser shoes" "She is pro-life curious"" - Trace Peterson

"'An Absence' is the news told in "Starfish Slang" and delivered to the house of poetry. You think this book of poems should land on the front lawn, but instead it crashes through the living room window and shatters predictability. It startles you, but no one gets hurt, you are only more aware of the world around you. And healed by the inventory. Anne Gorrick confounds and clarifies through a determined weaving, that is both familiar and strange. The poetry seems to be an accident, but you know it is full of care, and you can't help but rubberneck as the scenes that are revealed line by line become increasingly absurd and revelatory. It is a time capsule and core sample, compiled from fragments of beauty and danger. There is no turning back." -Michael Rothenberg