By David Buuck,Juliana Spahr
"This experimental paintings isn't really for the faint of middle, however it is laced with meditations that may entice readers considering poetry’s function within the world."--Publishers Weekly "I am enthusiastic about their realization to inequality, to questions of violence and neighborhood: anything borne out via the collaboration itself."--Bhana Kapil's top Books of 2013 at the Volta "An military of enthusiasts explores the liminal areas the place towns and contributors come jointly and stand aside with unusual, brainy grace."--Michelle Tea, writer of Mermaid in Chelsea Creek "By technique of a chain of stylistically and tonally quite a few prose segments (by turns reflexive and dialogic, ironic and depressive, unhinged and hallucinatory, wetly emotional and dryly wry, together with a detournement of a Raymond Carver story), the ebook facilities, emotionally, at the ebb and movement of what it calls 'struggle-force.' Signature drone moves, torture, ecological cave in, environmental sickness and protracted fatigue syndrome: it is all connected." --Miranda Mellis, Rain Taxi "The publication deals some ways of forthcoming the age-old questions What makes anything paintings and What makes an individual a good citizen, in addition to (if now not essentially) exploring the ways that the solutions to those questions may perhaps intersect. extra impressively, it does so with out being didactic and but with no being imprecise, as such a lot of efforts at high-concept paintings are likely to be."--Evan Karp, SF Weekly "Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, a military of enthusiasts is as critical because it is absurd."--Christopher Higgs, HTMLGIANT "Authors who co-write frequently produce halves that refuse to coalesce, yet East Bay poets Juliana Spahr and David Buuck fuse with extraordinary leads to this brief experimental novel. it is the tale of Demented Panda and Koki, poets united through a wish to write politically engaged works. Wounded, bored, encouraged and skeptical, they soldier on via a panorama of poisonous spills, shopper extra, strange juxtapositions and trance states."--Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury information "Authors Spahr and Buuck, who seem during this novel as Bay quarter poets 'Koki' and 'Demented Panda,' sort it up the entire means from magical realism to 'new journalism' and Raymond Carver Cathedralspeak, yet it is the weary 'I cannot move on. I’ll pass on' optimism at which wounded veterans of the military of fans excel. Theirs is a rigorous publication, and a publication of marvels, with whatever humorous, anything painful, stirring on each page."--Kevin Killian, writer of Spreadeagle "This picaresque tale concerning the 'particular lostness' of poetry, the methods poems continuously win and the lives of self-described 'mediocre' poets is de facto beautiful hilarious! It’s additionally shrewdpermanent, incisive and politically astute. Now, to the barricades!"--Rebecca Brown, writer of yankee Romances: Essays a military of fanatics starts with the tale of 2 poets, Demented Panda and Koki, united of their wish to write politically engaged poetry at a time whilst poetry turns out to have misplaced its skill to impression social swap. Their first undertaking is greater than a failure, leading to a spell that unleashes a torrent of uncooked sewage and surrealistic embodiments of consumerist extra and black web site torture ideas. next chapters characteristic an experimental composer (Koki?) and a functionality artist (Panda?) whose our bodies are actually invaded with the ills of capitalism, manifested via leaking blisters and different maladies, in addition to a thorough remix of a Raymond Carver tale, wondering What We discuss once we speak about Poetry.” the unconventional concludes with Panda and Koki returning to the positioning in their failed collaboration to conjure up a extra utopian imaginative and prescient of an military of lovers.” Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, a military of fans is as severe because it is absurd.