John Crouse

John Crouse is one of those writers who are taking prose narrative to a place it's never begun to think about. Reading his books you trip, stumble and fall like babies on an experimental drug. The knotted sentences, the simultaneously shifting tenses, come to resemble a scout's game of cat's cradle, the strings all magically coming free at the very end with one tug. His manifesto might be paraphrased as follows, "how to resurrect to commune/ a past's tongue so the past's not dead/so it can be translated/presently so what's passed isn't." Crouse is the author of Eventing (Potes & Poets,1999). An excerpt from his new book Headlines appears in our spring newsletter; the entirety will premiere this evening from O Books.
May 18, 2001