T. R. Hummer is the author of ten books of poetry, including The Infinity Sessions and Ephemeron. A native of Mississippi and longtime devotee and practitioner of jazz, he worked as the editor of the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, and the Georgia Review and now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
Praise for Skandalon
“Skandalon achieves its genius by generating marvels of artificial intelligence cherry-picked from cultural spare parts, excavated esoterica, deconstructed hopes and dreams, blood, sweat and fears, premature self-congratulations, and Instagrams of innumerable follies de monde in progress. It’s some book.”—Will Root, Cutthroat Magazine
“No poet of his generation writes with more intellectual ambition and aesthetic restlessness than T. R. Hummer. He’s a postmodern alchemist, and his new book, Skandalon, crackles with electric, virtual wizardry. Imagine here a vast, intricate circuit-board—downhome blues crossed with ancient sophistry, phrases distilled from theology, poetics, and natural science, fused with the most current events. In fact these short poems amass into a single narrative, branching with allusions yet grounded in the circumstances of story and character—gods and priests, lovers and losers—all of it wired for power to enable Hummer’s profound vision of our eternal crisis, the meeting, the collision, the ever-unresolved match of desire and fate.”—David Baker, author of Show Me Your Environment
“Like the engraver bent before his own headstone, in Skandalon T. R. Hummer transforms the raw materials of twenty-first century life into a stark and equally strange in memoriam to civilization. Thrombosis, the rapture, Poe’s raven as ventriloquist dummy, “black holes megaphon[ing] the voice of God,” even Walt Whitman’s pantry: everything in this pantomancer’s imagination is omen and end. Skandalon cements Hummer’s name amongst the visionaries. It will be cherished and passed down by the generations we can only hope are to come.”—Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, author of Ghost Gear
“In this erudite, gritty, and ambitious book, Blake's angels consort with Sappho's muse and Whitman's pantry on a stage hung with unabashed awe. It’s a pleasure to read such adept, literary poems as they shift registers and influences, each playing its part in Hummer’s touching, mordant carnival.”—Annie Finch, author of Spells
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