John Gosslee

http://www.johngosslee.com/

John Gosslee is the author of Out of Context, a book of contemporary poetry redaction presented as art and ANALOG, a book of photo booth photography and poetry. Los Angeles Review of Books recently interviewed John Gosslee about "Out of Context." Gosslee said, "It was important to redact poems that really moved me and important to redact those that didn’t move me at all. In my mark making, I treated all of them with an automatic emotional response. There’s another “why” too, which is that I wanted to reclaim emotional territory from poets who I felt occupied space within myself and in the external world." Gosslee's poetry appears in Yale Review, Poetry Ireland, Asimov's Science Fiction and many other magazines and journals.

Books

Analog

A.E. Weisgerber writes in Change Seven, "As a title, Analog means continual (vs. digital, segmented), so the cover art is smart. The photobooth self-portrait photo-strips embrace the idea of analog. The subject might step into the booth with a plan to stage moments, but click-click-click-click that camera eye only opens four times. Gosslee’s poetry is concerned with the moments before and between what’s documented: the continuum of intent." means continual (vs. digital, segmented), so the cover art is smart. The photobooth self-portrait photo-strips embrace the idea of analog. The subject might step into the booth with a plan to stage moments, but click-click-click-click that camera eye only opens four times. Gosslee’s poetry is concerned with the moments before and between what’s documented: the continuum of intent.

Out of Context

Heather Zises writes White Hot, "In censorship, language is taken out of context. Gosslee’s "blackouts" expose the tension between censorship and language reclamation for the disempowered individual. John Gosslee adapts the ritual of mark making for the text based portion of the Out of Context collection.