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Imago for the Fallen World

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Imago for the Fallen World: a collaboration between Matthew Cooperman (poems) and Marius Lehen (art)

“Imago for the Fallen World is an elegy for the planet we’re losing, an index of soon-to-disappear human categories tenderly invested with Matthew Cooperman’s own associations, his intricate world-knowing; he gets his ‘coordinates from the mother ship, which is the virus you.’ Cooperman’s obsessive, strangely beautiful mosaic — punctuated by Marius Lehene’s arresting images — is interrupted by several long laments, passionately sad and clear-eyed, that imagine us in the elsewhere where we’ll soon not be.”
—Catherine Wagner, author of Nervous Device, My New Job and Macular Hole

“Recommended New & Recent Poetry Books 2013”
—Patrick Pritchett, On the Seawall

“As Satchel Paige once said, ‘The social ramble ain’t restful.’ In Imago for the Fallen World, this social ramble is manifested via a collaborative artist book whose compositional strategies and experimental interface design are driven by covert poetry operations that disseminate the ‘polyvocal unconsciousness’ of network culture. Surf-sample-manipulate, collide and remix, #occupy and mashup — it’s all good.”

—Mark Amerika, author of remixthebook

“The imago that emerges here is born from a collision of visual culture with that of clipped utterances, quotations, extended puns, exegetical quips, historical moments, literary monuments, and other bits of runoff from our daily social, political, economic and erotic lives. ‘How do you pass the time?‘ Cooperman asks, before brilliantly offering the only answer we’ll ever need: ‘It passes itself’.”
—Noah Eli Gordon, author of The Year of the Rooster and The Source