Alpha Ruins

Charles Borkhuis

107 pages
ISBN 0-8387-5442-2
LC 99-054645
The Bucknell Series in Contemporary Poetry

Alpha Ruins introduces the serious play of an ironic schizo-logic born from the juxtaposition of "language" poetry's socio-semiotics with a post-surrealist, visceral dynamics of the dreaming body. With textual levers and probes, the poems in this book turn over the ground between these and other sometimes antagonistic factions of poetry as if they were prying up and searching through the various sites of a buried, alphabetical ruin. Borkhuis' own term for the direction that his work has taken is the "critical-lyric," which argues that the unpredictable disruptions of the body are in excess of any attempt to contain them in a linguistic system or theory, yet these nameless forces of dynamic "otherness" leave traces in the swirling grains of language through which poetry attempts to speak.

About the author:

Charles Borkhuis received his M.A. from San Francisco State University where he studied with Robert Creeley and Nanos Valaoritis. The author of three collections of poetry, including Proximity (Stolen Arrows), and a book of full-length plays, Mouth of Shadows, Borkhuis is the recipient of a Dramalogue Award in playwriting and is the former editor of the experimental theater magazine "Theater: Ex." Mr. Borkhuis is a professor of English at Truro College and lives in New York City.


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