“At an unfortunate pivotal point in history, the Bible’s documentation of the Living Word simply ceased. It’s everyone’s mystery why those
Books don’t continue with tales of the year 5,770 when ‘Yuri begat Esther and persisted with God in their daily pilgrimage across the Williamsburg Bridge at dusk betwixt the invading the invading hordes of social lepers and acrimonious philistines, and it was good’ type stuff.
Enter Jon Curley who heralds the prophets Perpetuitous Chapters: Donleavy, Ringolevio, and all henceforth Passing Participants. And though each individual eurekic sharp yet flighty image he propounds can only spring forth from a poet whose feet connect directly to head, their assemblage together (which we must assume must take place when said poet at some point sits) is often as thematically turbulent and viscerally cacophonic as one would expect of the(se) ancient and ongoing texts.” — Chris Leo
“Curley’s poetry calls in language’s magic, its errancy, the thing that ‘sounds itself outside itself,’ as he writes, in his moving poem to Robert Duncan, one of his companionate shades or shadows. ‘Let the traces of our journey/be spliced in the under narrative,’ he continues. Almost
everything in these beautiful and savvy poems play at elusiveness, the old imprint in the sand replaced by a knotted, spectral presence equal and co-adjunct to an absence, ‘a ghost to its origin.’ Curley ‘sculpts shadows into substance,’ lovingly braiding emotion, humor and pain with independence and a sure authority.” —Michael Heller
Praise for Angles of Incidents
“This marvelous volume of thoughtful lyricism, in all its skeptical rigor, provides a guide for how to live in our tremulous moment—his poems’ ‘figuration lurching between / incandescence and oblivion.’ Angles of Incidents, in setting out for a new world, sets out a new world—a
world that, for all its difficulties, has its beauties too.” — Burt Kimmleman
“As a result of turning ‘angles of incidents’ into ‘angels of incidence,’ I recommend this book. And I would have recommended it even if the poet hadn’t cheerfully waved at me—and Fanny Howe, Samuel Menashe, Seamus Heaney, Michael Heller, Ed Foster, Ron Silliman, Mark Young, Ann Lauterbach, Les Murray, Peter Gizzi, among others—in the witty poem,‘Profiles.’ Of course, you must read it to know what I mean—and I encourage you to do so!”— Eileen Tabios
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jon Curley’s New Shadows (2009) and Angles of Incidents (2012) were both published by Dos Madres Press. A Senior University Lecturer of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, he is the author of Poets and Partitions: Confronting Communal Identities in Northern Ireland (2011). Together with Burt Kimmelman, he is the co-editor of The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory (2015). In addition to teaching, he works with children in Battery Park, just across from Poets House. Curley lives in New York City.
ISBN 978-0-9906669-2-9 (softcover)