Late in the Antenna Fields
“Alan Gilbert’s powerful first collection reads like a verbal superconductor collider wherein the intractable litter of our times careens through dark space, indifferent to our need to pause or reflect; an additive slippage disintegrates the status quo. Gilbert has both the wit and stamina to forge this whizzing riptide, in which certain deep currents persist: toxins of mediated life, erosion of historical ground, sorrows of the heart.”
“Against the technocracy that minimizes experience to record keeping, Alan Gilbert has written a physical history of untimely desires in the regulating ether: 'Sometimes the wounded land softly and sometimes with a thud.” A sensuous reaching, now comic, now cruel, emerges from a hostile environment of deficient claims and redirected certainties. These poems are bracing apologies for wanting more.”
“Populated by the separate impressions that fill a day, these poems are continually interrupted by episodes of pop metaphor and wry remarks keeping bad faith at bay. If the practice of poetry for many still tends to be an art of teasing out the subconscious in the guise of authenticity, Alan Gilbert, in his ambition and technique, does infinitely more for readers by pretending to do something less. As he writes, with deceptive simplicity, 'My dreams tend to be literal.' "
Alan Gilbert’s poems have appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, and The Nation, among other places. His writings on poetry and art have appeared in a variety of publications, including Aperture, Artforum, The Believer, Cabinet, Modern Painters, and The Village Voice. His collection of essays and articles entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2006 Creative Capital Foundation Award for Innovative Literature. Late in the Antenna Fields is his first collection of poems. He lives in Brooklyn.
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