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Beauty, Money, Luck, etc. for Beginners
cover art by Cynthia Winika
ISBN 978-1-949966-35-0 100 pages $15.00
For the poet Anne Gorrick “chance flowers into choice.” In poem after poem that beautiful machine the mind mates on a dissecting table with a dictionary, a search engine, a data aggregator. What is revealed to us in her litany of dazzling enumerations is a hyperconnected web of intoxicating likenesses & startling differences, monstrous & seductive hybrids spawned by hidden algorithms of desire. In the controlled crash landing of these poems, close your eyes & listen to the language of horses unleashed from the grammar of sentences, smell the Death Star’s perfume in a Sea of Fragrant Snow.
L. S. Asekoff
Anne Gorrick is the poet laureate of the Google search. Her work in Beauty, Money stuns and delights in its sampling and juxtaposition. Imagine Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit upgraded to the era of #FakeNews. Gorrick shows us what poetry should be doing in the 21st century.
Anne Gorrick’s Beauty, Money, Luck, etc. for Beginners offers fans and beginners alike the pleasure of exhilarating assemblages whose “unraveled acts of attention” light up the book “like a pinball machine in a gorgeous Victorian gown.” These high-octane mash-ups of web-commerce parlance mine rich veins of existential resonance, “never let[ting] an excited string slacken.” In lieu of popular culture’s “annoyance of constant accessibility,” Gorrick reminds us of “the pressing need for more serious games.” Her answer to the question, “how does the body reply to this cosmetic world?” is no less than the “twangy, surf-ish, irregular music” of a “heart active and graphic.” These rocking, rollicking litanies offer pleasure tonics for our weary souls; antidotes for our day-to-day “doses of forgetting.” In this crackling collection, “invisible empires of products, fireflies and songs add to the beauty” of its delicious provocations.
Anne Gorrick is a poet and visual artist.
She is the author of eight books of poetry including most recently: An Absence So Great and Spontaneous it is Evidence of Light (the Operating System, 2018); and The Olfactions: Poems on Perfume (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). She collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists’ book, “Swans, the ice,” she said, funded by the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She also co-edited (with poet Sam Truitt) In|Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Writing from the Hudson River Valley (Station Hill Press, 2016).
With poet Melanie Klein, she curated the reading series Process to Text from 2015 - 2018, which focused on innovative writing from in and around New York’s Hudson Valley. She previously curated the reading series Cadmium Text from 2006 - 2014 at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY.
She also co-curated the electronic poetry journal Peep/Show with poet Lynn Behrendt (www.peepshowpoetry.blogspot.com), which is a “taxonomic exercise in textual and visual seriality.”
From 2005 - 2019, she served on the Board of Trustees at Century House Historical Society, home of the Widow Jane Mine. CHHS is an all-volunteer organization (www.century house.org) devoted to the historic preservation and investigation through the arts of the now defunct cement industry in Rosendale, NY.
Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.