fata morgana

May 15, 2021|
fata morgana


"Taking the form of an interior colloquy, Joel Chace's speculative poem, fata morgana, presents a stunning and remarkable thesis: That the Fata Morgana, the mirage phenomenon, that in its way beguiles, enraptures and attends in legend the steersmen of the seas, has an analogue in poetry: For just as the sailor knows that what he sees is not necessarily commensurate, let alone indentical, with what his instruments portray, and yet he sails on into it, the poet, too, knowing that what he sees in his contemplation-in his power to produce presence itself as idea-and what his language will portray, are not necessarily commensurate, let alone identical, and yet he continues, and in the knowledge, and in the risk, that to name it would be to see it vanish."

-Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, author of The Logoclasody Manifesto

"Reading Joel Chace's latest collection, fata morgana, is like finding yourself locked in Max Escher's impossible staircase where the stairs [poems] perform a continuous loop so that you could climb [read] them forever. Situated at the edge of our horizon, the fata morgana is a mirage, a superior image situated above the real object. Chace's fata morgana demonstrates a mastery of serial vision and structure. This is an investigative poetics, juxtaposing the discourses of science, math, art, philosophy and literature in subversively flamboyant lines and language."

-Nancy Gaffield, author of Meridian

"These poems are thoughtful phantoms, castles in the air, that meditate on the nature of reality, language, architecture, mythology, and philosophy. Joel Chace blends the voices of Yves Jean Bonnefoy, John Ashbery, Giuseppe Maria Giovene-and many others-with Chinese mythology, Georgian folklore, news media reportage, and encyclopaedic knowledge to spin a tapestry of variable language that seeks to apprehend the world as it is. Throughout, the poet reveals the joyful persistence of historical thought that reflects its mirage-like presence in poetry. His beautiful lines evoke insistent spectres of expression. Rich and concise, Fata Morgana is pleasurably provocative."

-Orchid Tierney, author of a year of misreading the wildcats

"fata morgana is an engaging blend in an excellent invented form. Reading, writing, & chance occurrences all are crucial to the composition of Joel Chace's fine new book. A book of seeds where "language is ... a knowing, an event .../ as words are important to hold on to/ whatever it is that composes us." Chace unhooks & releases seed words in a book of riffs. I encourage you to tune in, to listen, & to see for yourself."

-Hank Lazer, poet, author of Slowly Becoming Awake

Title:fata morgana
Format:Kobo ebook
Published:May 15, 2021
Publisher:Unlikely Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781733714372

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