Rodger Kamenetz taught poetry writing at LSU from 1981-2009 and is Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies. His nine books of poetry include most recently Dream Logic and Yonder. He is the author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night's Dream. He is founder of Natural Dreamwork and teaches about poetry and dreams. You can find him online at Kamenetz.com.
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The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets
with Gina Ferrara, David Havird, Rodger Kamenetz, Julie Kane, Dorie LaRue, Cleopatra Mathis, Patrice Melnick, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Martha Serpas
In Dream Logic, Kamenetz deepens the exploration initiated in his previously published Yonder and brings us to the common source of poetry and dreams, which Coleridge named "primary imagination." He uncovers there an inescapable logic, full of color and association, precise and joyful. He works in the prose poetry tradition of Max Jacob and Russell Edson. These poems are constantly at play with themselves, with a dizzying logic of humor and image. They actively engage questions of identity--the "I" here is not only an other but an evanescence and a lightning burst--and their range of concerns encompasses the climate of childhood and the laws of physics. As the images in dreams do, the images in these poems ask to be encountered on their own terms as living presences.
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