The Source

Noah Eli Gordon. Futurepoem (SPD, dist.), $16 trade paper (148p) ISBN 978-0-9822798-4-7
Ingenious and exciting, if slightly diffuse, the new book-length prose poem, or set of linked prose poems, from the irrepressibly prolific Gordon (Novel Pictorial Noise) can capture attention, and provoke strong response, even before a reader discovers the strange technique by which the poem was made. Though topics and vocabularies are otherwise disparate—ancient philosophical treatises, ballet, rural America—each of the pages in Gordon's compendium appears to say something about a mysterious Source: "If anyone asks you what the Source is, send them to their own senses, because anything written can seem like straw." This Source is a god, an origin for poetic inspiration, a spiritual enigma beyond all meaning, below all things. It is also a pun, since Gordon made his book by rearranging and altering "sources" he found in books; his short afterword explains that he read only page 26 from tens of thousands of books in a library, quoted a passage from each of them, and then transformed or combined the results into this book, often adding the words "the Source." The result is a thing of beauty, a work with a serious spiritual dimension, and a source of inspiration after all. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/18/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
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