The Sri Lankan Loxodrome


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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6.08 X 0.36 X 8.94 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author

A poet, aphorist, playwright, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist Will Alexander is a native of Los Angeles. The author of nearly thirty books, his honors include a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry, a California Arts Council Fellowship, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, and the 2016 Jackson Poetry Prize. He is currently the poet-in-residence at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.


Formidable. Alexander encourages the reader to ... let the poem itself exist as its own unique world.--Andrew Wessels
Alexander's poems are unpunctuated, their expanding structures suggest that each might be read as a single very long, very complex sentence...a complex sentence machine turning out elaborate grammatical parallelisms, extensive series of epic catalogues, and open-ended syntax of discordant clauses and appended prepositional phrases.--HarRyette Mullen
Alexander's verbal flights strike me as more shamanistic than free-associational or automatic. His evocation of upper and lower worlds, and his vocabulary which bridges poetry, philosophy, myth, and science, give his verbal fulgurations a sense of linguistic seed that suddenly sprouts, then resprouts.... He may be the first major 'outsider artist' in American poetry. Whatever he is, he is a force to reckon with, whose self-propelled soarings evoke Simon Rodia's 'Watt's Tower' as well as Siberian ecstasies.--Clayton Eshleman
An unusual poet who likes unusual word...these poems look fresh and alien.--Jesse Tangen-Mills