November 28, 2008

Andrew Joron

Andrew Joron [USA]

Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1995, Andrew Joron grew up in Stuttgart, Germany; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Mis-soula, Montana. He attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in history and philosophy of science. After a decade and a half spent writing science-fiction poetry, culminating in his volume Science Fiction (Pantograph Press, 1992). After that, he turned to a more philosophical mode of speculative lyric. This work has been collected in The Removes (Hard Press, 1999) and in Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003).

Equally inspired by surrealism and the science of nonlinear systems, Joron has sought to implement an "ontological turn" in poetic practice. In his essay "Language as Ghost Condensate," Joron argues that "poetic 'lines of force' point toward uninhabited wildernesses within language, toward removes of irreducible meaning––so that a poetic impulse will cause the system of language to exceed its own boundary conditions, and to undergo a phase transition toward the Unsayable."

Andrew Joron lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance bibliographer and indexer.


Force Fields (Mercer Island, Washington: Starmont House); Science Fiction (Berkeley, California: Pantograph Press, 1992); The Removes (West Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Hard Press, 1999); Fathom (New York: Black Square Editions, 2003)

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