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by Joshua Ware

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I react to Joshua Ware’s poems as he reacts to mine: with lust to use. Reader, turn to page 47 and read the poem “Eris.” It is a more ethical poem than the one I have written with the same title. There I once wrote of the Empire that “overwrites / the already-there,” using the iris (slippage of eris) as conceit and the figure of the stamen as phallus—a cynical sketch of unilateral power. I forgot the Greeks thought of the stamen as “thread of the warp,” but in his having intervened a new poem from mine, Joshua Ware did not forget. Instead, he insists in the paradox that “one must actively forget” in order to find “the difference of the new.” Ware is a Deleuzean devotee; in his aleatory reassemblages, he nurtures new and anarchic lyric networks, dissembling the centre’s hold. Among these poetic ruins, he skeptically convenes with the ghosts. ( )
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Poetry. Winner of the 2010 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. "The fluctuating horizon of each page where poems dissolve into 'Explanatory Notes' suggests the contemporary poet's struggle with lines and lineages entangling the lyric in a tradition shaped primarily by its hostility to tradition. Ware illustrates the writer's task, alternately fruitful and frustrating, to accomplish the poem as discrete object while experiencing self as fluid and associational, with a promiscuous appetite for language stimulated and satisfied as much by Frankfurt School philosophy and schoolyard myth as by Aaron Sorkin's television scripts and Lacan's Disney. Ware's book questions the possibility of transgression in a culture made by uncertain boundaries"—Elizabeth Savage.

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