Daring and brilliant, Neil De La Flor's latest book, The Ars Magna for the Manifold Dimensions of z, is a big kick in the rear to absurdist theater. It stars a very tough Meta, a member of the Danish underground. "If my head had been cut off," says Meta, "you would've been next." The book explores "parallel worlds that are unaware of the other, but are layered on top of each other like minks or foxes wearing stoles and fur coats." Characters pursue each other through five acts, a series of emails and an epilogue invoking Minkowskian Spacetime - I won't go there but wow! De la Flor dives deep into meta-Meta-mind. --Terese Svoboda
In The Ars Magna for the Manifold Dimensions of z, Neil de la Flor gives us a braided history of the speaker and his beloved Meta. Through found (sometimes redacted text), memory, interviews and gorgeous speculation, de la Flor conjures a lovingly hybrid picture of Meta and the Danish Underground Resistance during the Holocaust. As the poet learns more about his heritage, we as readers learn more about American families and the pasts they carry, what our elders have taught us and what has (and perhaps always will) remain a mystery. --Denise Duhamel
About the Author
Neil de la Flor is the author of AN ELEPHANT'S MEMORY OF BLIZZARDS (Marsh Hawk Pres, 2013), Two Thieves and a Liar (Jackleg Press, 2012), ALMOST DOROTHY (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010) and co-author, with Maureen Seaton, of SINÉAD O'CONNOR AND HER COAT OF A THOUSAND BLUEBIRDS (Firewheel Editions, 2011) and Facial Geometry, (NeoPepper Press, 2006), a chapbook of triads written with collaborator poets Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. He is the co-recipient of a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to found Reading Queer, a new annual literary event to promote Miami as a center for LGBTIQ literature. He teaches at Miami Dade College and lives in Miami, Florida.
Don't read this book if you're looking for easy answers. Or perhaps any answers. Don't read this book if you enjoy and/or need a book that is logical in any way, because "Logic is a form of treason, my furry friend." So don't read this book if you are a non-furry friend. Or a furry enemy. Don't even think about reading this book if you are not occasionally stuck in an elevator or in love. Do read this book if you enjoy Borges or Vonnegut, among others, maybe even De la Flor's previous books, like Sinead O'Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, written during his Metalingual Miami Period with a starfish named Star Fish. Do read this book if you think life is the same old or if the way you tie knots has got you down. This book is a trip. Take it or not, it's up to you. It's possibly a real book, after all. ("This space is intentionally left speechless.") Ask yourself: "Will a pickle hold you over, my dear?" If the answer is yes, or especially if it's no, read this book. I did.-Maureen Seaton, author of Metablurbs & Mudlarks