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About the author:
Matthew Cooperman is the author of Still: of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move (Counterpath Press, 2011), DaZE (Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), winner of the Lena-Miles Weaver Todd Prize, as well as three chapbooks, Still: (to be) Perpetual (dove | tail, 2007), Words About James (phylum press, 2005) and Surge (Kent State University Press, 1999). A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, and current poetry editor of Colorado Review, he teaches at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he lives with the poet Aby Kaupang and his two children.

Marius Lehene is a native of Romania. Lehene holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Southern Methodist University (2001) and a BA in Economics from Babes-Bolyai University, Romania (1996). Lehene is currently Associate Professor, and Director of Drawing in the Department of Art at Colorado State University. His work has been shown widely in the United States, and internationally in Eastern Europe and India.

Imago for the Fallen World

poetry + images

Authored by Matthew Cooperman
Authored with Marius Lehene
Edition: Full color edition

"A strangely beautiful mosaic...arresting."

"Imago for the Fallen World is an elegy for the planet we're losing, a mosaic of soon-to-disappear human categories tenderly invested with Matthew Cooperman's own associations, his intricate world-knowing; he gets his 'coordinates from the mother ship, which is the virus you.' Cooperman's obsessive, strangely beautiful mosaic - punctuated by Marius Lehene's arresting images - is interrupted by several long laments, passionately sad and clear-eyed, that imagine us in the elsewhere where we'll soon not be: 'a sense of self from space and the green hull caught on a sand bar...I am driving my shuttle into your core, you are gone you are gone you are gone you are gone... Here for now, I'm breathing more attentively."'
-Catherine Wagner, author of Nervous Device, My New Job, and Macular Hole

"As Satchel Paige once said, 'The social ramble ain't restful.' In Imago for the Fallen World, this social ramble is manifested via a collaborative artist book whose compositional strategies and experimental interface design are driven by covert poetry operations that disseminate the 'polyvocal unconsciousness' of network culture. Surf-sample-manipulate, collide and remix, #occupy and mashup - it's all good."
-Mark Amerika, author of remixthebook

"What begins in darkness and ends in Los Angeles? What imposes categorical proximities that violently yoke together metonymical stand-ins for further categorization? In other words, what happens when Edward James Olmos, the World Health Organization, String Theory, Tarkovsky, and the Federal Reserve walk into a bar? Is this what the life of the mind's eye looks like? The imago that emerges here is born from a collision of visual culture with that of clipped utterances, quotations, extended puns, exegetical quips, historical moments, literary monuments, and other bits of runoff from our daily social, political, economic and erotic lives. "How do you pass the time?" Cooperman asks, before brilliantly offering the only answer we'll ever need: "It passes itself."
-Noah Eli Gordon, author of The Year of the Rooster, The Source, and Novel Pictorial Noise

Publication Date:
1937543323 / 9781937543327
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 6"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Poetry / General

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