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ISBN-10: 0872866491
ISBN-13: 9780872866492
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 11/01/2014
Dimensions: 6.80" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H

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Deep Code

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Combining a bent lyric perception with a fragmentation redolent of French cubism, Coletti portrays contemporary urban experience, from power relations and personal loss to nights among city dwellers recording their convivial distress, glad and dissolute at once. Part teddy bear fleeing the cultish outlines of the American northwest, part Apollinaire in Brooklyn, Coletti culls his materials from the ether and assembles them into resonant structures at once intensely personal and strangely universal–a little outrageous–both confusingly lovely and apt in their ungainliness. Lines like “I’m nearly home is what everyone says” and “triceratops

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Disjunction and parataxis are at a premium here, each line its own thing, sometimes even each word ... Or rather, almost its own thing, because after all there remains a wisp of a rhythm that orients each line to the others, however loosely–a last hint of innate sensibility ... It would take something like the physics that describes the path of a stone skipping across the surface of a pond to calculate the pattern formed by the points this sensation touches before sinking away, lost. And that is where what we usually call meaning occurs, in Coletti's poems: totally submerged, only its ripples still visible."–Barry Schwabsky, Hyperallergic

"Deep Code is like the skyhook of poetry. The poems are quick, tight, surprising, and unstoppable. The poems are beautiful to watch as they move across the page–this is a book of poems that is certainly built to last, all encompassing and omni-relevant in their portraiture."–Erika Kaufman, Poetry Project Newsletter

Deep Code finds Coletti at the height of his artistic project, in full command–or embrace–of the unruliness of language.–American Poets

The poems in Deep Code continue to challenge my expectations and enlarge the parameters of my reading ... I trust Coletti in areas where my own comfort is absent in part because of my reading of a poet like [Frank] O'Hara over the years. One classic New Yorker has led me to embrace the extravagances of another New Yorker from out my own generation ... On a couch in eternity, O'Hara and Coletti will hopefully one day meet."–Patrick James Dunagan, Entropy

A sonic surrealist typewriter clacks in rhythm across Colletti's brow. Read it in his sweet-eye glance: poetry grams of tender touch. Tuff cookie meat! & mystery. Shit is electric wire awesome stuff.–Thurston Moore

In Deep Code, we walk hand-in-hand with a street smart and tenderhearted city boy who, wanting "ALLLLLLL the experience", is immersed and so immerses the reader in contemporary cacophonies where "things collide" at a pace both expansive and measured. John Coletti expertly props our ears to what's striking and dare I say beautiful in the terrifying realities of this world. This book is "at ease / with not being at ease" and that, for me, is a guidepost. Reading Deep Code is like eating some kind of perfected pop rocks–all the colorful action, and just as true, but without the saccharine hangover.–Alli Warren

"Deep Code is a theory of expressive subterfuge performed as piecemeal continuities. Its poems are distressed & fine like all the chances we forget we're free to make for one another, edged to mellow like the contours of a party felt in general & intimate perception.–Dana Ward

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ISBN-10: 0872866491
ISBN-13: 9780872866492
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 11/01/2014
Dimensions: 6.80" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H
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