Thursday, April 07, 2005

Happy Birthday, Charles Fourier!

A very exciting message from Spineless Books:
Thursday April 7th, 2005, is the 233rd birthday of Charles Fourier, the French utopian thinker whose alarmingly imaginative vision influenced Marx and Engels, among many others.

Today Spineless Books announces the publication of Fourier Series, by Joshua Corey. Fourier Series is the winner of the Fitzpatrick-O'Dinn Award for Best Book-Length Work of Constrained English Literature, as judged by Christian Bök.

About Fourier Series, Christian Bök writes:

"Joshua Corey writes a poetic series based upon the psychosocial permutations magined by the utopian thinker Charles Fourier. Corey arranges a resonant, emotional lexicon into a quadratic structure that emulates in language the kind of interpersonal relationships that, according to Fourier, might ideally define a social utopia of competitive cooperation. Just as Fourier imagines a set of artfully designed communes, in which members, chosen for their variegated talents, but compatible passions, might coexist in a state of harmonic integrity, so also has Corey selected a diverse ensemble of elegant, sensual phrases and arranged them into an array that highlights the beautiful potential inherent within the force-field of language itself."

Joshua Corey's first book, Selah, was chosen by Robert Pinsky as the winner of the first annual Barrow Street Book Contest and was published by Barrow Street in 2003. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and webzines, including LIT, Typo, Colorado Review, Octopus, VOLT, and The American Poetry Review. In 2004 twenty-five sonnets from his new manuscript Severance Songs were selected by Michael Palmer for publication in a special issue of the magazine Conjunctions dedicated to the work of young and emerging poets. In 2005 he was a participant in the Festival of New American Poets sponsored by the Poetry Society of America at New School University in New York City. He lives in Ithaca, New York where he is writing a dissertation on avant-garde pastoral and keeps a weblog, Cahiers de Corey.

Fourier Series will be available April 28th. Postage and handling charges are waived for advance orders.

Spineless Books is an independent publishing house dedicated to the production and distribution, in print and electronic forms, of innovative literature with an emphasis on collaborative writing, formal experimentation, and utopian thought. Our books with spines include Drawn Inward, poems by Mike Maguire, and 2002: A Palindrome Story in 2002 Words by Nick Montfort and William Gillespie, with illustrations by Shelley

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