Psychedelic Norway

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Coffee House Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
John Colburn is originally from Mantorville, MN, and is an editor and co-publisher at Spout Press. His book Invisible Daughter is forthcoming from firthFORTH books. With his wife, Sarah Fox, he tends The Center for Visionary Poetics in Minneapolis. He is also a member of the improvised music collective Astronaut Cooper's Parade.

"John Colburn's Psychadelic Norway shows off the style of anarchic poetry at its best. [A]n admirable collection and one that deserves a great amount of praise for its poise and creativity." --Sacramento Book Review

"[S]uch a joy to read . . Psychedelic Norway is a feast for the eyes, ears and intellect--specifically, it is an abundant feast." --Galatea Resurrects

"The poems in [this] collection are surreal as the title suggests, dipping in and out of the present, reading thoughts of inanimate objects and waxing philosophical between grotesque visions. Chaotic and vibrant, it's playful on the surface and illuminating to those who spend more time with it." --Secrets of the City

"John Colburn's Psychedelic Norway is a little like hearing John Coltrane's 'sheets of sound' for the first time. It's all in there, the past, the present, the hoped for future and the sense of loss. . . . The experience of reading these poems is something like weightlessness . . . Worth full price of admission and then some." --Michael Dennis

"John Colburn does here for poetry what George Saunders has done for the short story: liberate it to pursue darkly funny social commentary through wildly inventive combinations of form and tone. Part folktale; part Fluxus happening: is this book mocking us? Celebrating us? The answer is yes. The answer to nearly any question you can ask this book, in fact, is yes. Colburn writes, 'Are you Dobby Gibson, so am I.' It's unlikely you'll see yourself in these pages in quite the same way I do, but it's even more unlikely you'll see yourself--or the world around you--the same way again. Our Golden Age begins." --Dobby Gibson

"Plain, simple: open this book to page 149. When I heard John Colburn recite the poem on that page, he made me believe in poetry again, all over. It is a list, it is creation, it is the apocalypse, it has jokes, it talks about people someone loves or doesn't love, or know. The plurality--the every all of it--forgets itself breathless for a moment--'and they built a word for us / they called us the future'--John Colburn has brought us there, and you can have it. Thank god for this book." --Amanda Nadelberg

"Read John Colburn's poetry and feel him lay bandages upon the earth. . . . Colburn builds a kaleidoscopic palace for the reader to navigate: fractured, crystalline, and trembling with light. . . . Psychedelic Norway holds countless questions and limitless magic." --The L Magazine