By David Buuck,Juliana Spahr
"This experimental paintings isn't really for the faint of center, however it is laced with meditations that may attract readers serious about poetry’s position within the world."--Publishers Weekly "I am occupied with their consciousness to inequality, to questions of violence and neighborhood: whatever borne out through the collaboration itself."--Bhana Kapil's most sensible Books of 2013 at the Volta "An military of enthusiasts explores the liminal areas the place towns and contributors come jointly and stand aside with unusual, brainy grace."--Michelle Tea, writer of Mermaid in Chelsea Creek "By technique of a chain of stylistically and tonally numerous prose segments (by turns reflexive and dialogic, ironic and depressive, unhinged and hallucinatory, wetly emotional and dryly wry, together with a detournement of a Raymond Carver story), the publication facilities, emotionally, at the ebb and stream of what it calls 'struggle-force.' Signature drone moves, torture, ecological cave in, environmental affliction and persistent fatigue syndrome: it is all connected." --Miranda Mellis, Rain Taxi "The publication bargains some ways of imminent the age-old questions What makes anything paintings and What makes a person a good citizen, in addition to (if now not basically) exploring the ways that the solutions to those questions may intersect. extra impressively, it does so with no being didactic and but with out being imprecise, as such a lot of efforts at high-concept paintings are likely to be."--Evan Karp, SF Weekly "Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, a military of fanatics is as critical because it is absurd."--Christopher Higgs, HTMLGIANT "Authors who co-write frequently produce halves that refuse to coalesce, yet East Bay poets Juliana Spahr and David Buuck fuse with terrific leads to this brief experimental novel. it is the tale of Demented Panda and Koki, poets united by means of a wish to write politically engaged works. Wounded, bored, encouraged and skeptical, they soldier on via a panorama of poisonous spills, client extra, peculiar juxtapositions and trance states."--Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury information "Authors Spahr and Buuck, who seem during this novel as Bay zone poets 'Koki' and 'Demented Panda,' sort it up the entire approach from magical realism to 'new journalism' and Raymond Carver Cathedralspeak, yet it is the weary 'I cannot cross on. I’ll move on' optimism at which wounded veterans of the military of fanatics excel. Theirs is a rigorous ebook, and a e-book of marvels, with whatever humorous, whatever painful, stirring on each page."--Kevin Killian, writer of Spreadeagle "This picaresque tale concerning the 'particular lostness' of poetry, the methods poems constantly win and the lives of self-described 'mediocre' poets is admittedly lovely hilarious! It’s additionally shrewdpermanent, incisive and politically astute. Now, to the barricades!"--Rebecca Brown, writer of yankee Romances: Essays a military of enthusiasts starts off with the tale of 2 poets, Demented Panda and Koki, united of their wish to write politically engaged poetry at a time whilst poetry turns out to have misplaced its skill to impact social switch. Their first venture is greater than a failure, leading to a spell that unleashes a torrent of uncooked sewage and surrealistic embodiments of consumerist extra and black website torture strategies. next chapters function an experimental composer (Koki?) and a functionality artist (Panda?) whose our bodies are actually invaded with the ills of capitalism, manifested via leaking blisters and different maladies, in addition to an intensive remix of a Raymond Carver tale, wondering What We discuss after we speak about Poetry.” the unconventional concludes with Panda and Koki returning to the positioning in their failed collaboration to conjure up a extra utopian imaginative and prescient of an military of lovers.” Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, a military of fans is as critical because it is absurd.