Will Alexander - Compression & Purity
Outsider poet, visual artist and playwright Will Alexander possesses the vivid imagination of his influences André Breton, Aimé Césaire, and Philip Lamantia, but is completely his own strain of brilliance in Compression & Purity, the fifth volume of seminal publisher City Lights' Spotlight poetry series.
Alexander’s scientifically precise language, which is never cold and exacting, but rather lit with a spiritual and surreal incandescence, illuminates themes of human rights, ecological preservation and cosmology.
Alexander's longing "To imparadise the soul by humming butterfly dirges," re-sensitize us, tunes us into the world beneath the world, to the word under the word. In a homage to his surrealist lineage, Compression & Purity is complete with lyric essays, including "On Anti-Biography," where Alexander "escapes the territorial, guarded by ferns, the face and the mind guided by stars."