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Joron, Andrew

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1955-    ) US poet, translator and author, much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish Poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is assembled in The Removes (coll 1998). The essays in The Cry at Zero: Selected Prose (coll 2007) argue that any poetry properly called surrealist or post-surrealist must exfoliate from a scientific/materialist understanding of the things of the world; the literalism of this argument is consistent with some theories of sf as a literature in which the world itself is made storyable.

The two novellas comprising O0 [capital letter O and zero] (coll of linked novellas 2022) are categorizable as Space Opera set in the Far Future, and display a New Wave-inflected surrealism (see also Postmodernism and SF) also distinguishable in Joron's poetry. [JC]

Andrew Leo Joron

born San Antonio, Texas: 6 March 1955

works (selected)

  • O0 (Plainfield, New Jersey: BSE/Black Square Editions, 2022) [coll of linked novellas: pb/Brian Lucas]


  • A Measure of Calm (Mountain View, California: Ocean View Press, 1985) with Robert Frazier [poetry: chap: pb/]
  • Force Fields (Mercer Island, Washington: Starmont House, 1987) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/]
  • Science Fiction (Berkeley, California: Pantograph Press, 1992) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/Yves Tanguy]
  • Invisible Machines (La Grande, Oregon: Jazz Police Books, 1993) with Robert Frazier [poetry: coll: chap: pb/Thomas Wiloch]
  • The Removes (West Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Hard Press, 1998) [poetry: coll: pb/]
  • Fathom (New York: Black Square Editions, 2003) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/]
  • The Sound Mirror (Chicago, Illinois: Flood Editions, 2008) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/]
  • Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (San Francisco, City Lights Books, 2010) [poetry: coll: pb/]
  • The Absolute Letter (Chicago, Illinois: Flood Editions, 2017) [poetry: coll: chap: pb/]


works as editor

  • Terminal Velocities (Berkeley, California: Pantograph Press/Ocean View Books, 1992) [poetry: anth: pb/D S Black]


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