- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Omnidawn (June 1 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890650161
- ISBN-13: 978-1890650162
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,099,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Aversions Paperback – Jun 1 2004
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About the Author
DEVIN JOHNSTON is the author of a previous book of poetry entitled Telepathy (Paper Bark Press, 2001) as well as a book of criticism, Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice (Wesleyan University Press, 2002). From 1995-2000, Johnston served as poetry editor for Chicago Review, and with Michael O'Leary, he now directs a small press called Flood Editions. Raised in North Carolina, he currently lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he teaches at Saint Louis University.
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Johnston has written yet another book, an insufficiently noticed study of American poetry "as occult practice" and some of that concern with ghosts and the paranormal, as it were, continues over here, in its shortness of line, as if not daring to say more, not daring to make more signs of the ectoplasm, and in a general interest in signs of all sorts. Even the title, which I had first read as a splendid defiance of convention and a romantic insistence on finding one's own way, I now think of as Johnston's cautious signal that he will not harm the entities that surround us in the world of making the poem. "A shutter knocks/ against my thoughts--/ / to punctuate/ and interrupt." There's a bitter, learned presence making itself manifest at the heart of AVERSIONS, and it isn't necessarily your sweet old grandmother come to breathe a kiss in your ear. "With a rush/ of wings/ / a dark-green shade/ descends;/ / and then it goes/ away again," Johnston writes, in "Doubtful Weather," one of many poems in which the apparition seems to come THIS CLOSE to being alive.
You will find yourself tapping, like a blind man, through the pages of this book and shuddering with sheer pleasure.