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"Trancelumination is unlike any other book I've encountered in American poetry. What a wild and crazy book. What a wonderful book Trapped somewhere between poetry and the wisdom found in Chinese fortune cookies is the territory of the aphorism and John Bradley finds his way there again and again in these brilliant shards that shine like mica in a sidewalk. These are truly a delight to read, to savor, to return to. 'Ok, it's been fun, but now back to wordlessness, ' John Bradley writes. But, please let's not rush back to wordlessness too soon " -- Jim Moore, author of Invisible Strings "Drop a penny into Trancelumination and receive a fortune scrawled by a teller whose clairvoyance is as clouded as it is terrifying and beautiful. Often drunk on language, these fortunes arrive in the form of aphorism, joke, horror, hallucination, and lie. The reader is warned: 'don't wear socks spun from human flesh' because in this world what feels impossible to bear is a heart-wrenching possibility. It is John Bradley's gigantic imagination that saves and destroys this world (and its fortunes) over and over again." --Sabrina Orah Mark, author of Tsim Tsum John Bradley's aphorisms are mundanely magnificent and nonchalantly sublime, like cracking open a fortune cookie to find not a saying but a symphony orchestra. -James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism and Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists

Author: John Bradley
Publisher: Lowbrow Press LLC
Published: 09/10/2011
Pages: 114
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.39lbs
Size: 9.02h x 5.98w x 0.27d
ISBN: 9780982955376

About the Author
John Bradley was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in: Munich and Nuremberg, Germany (though he claims Germanic amnesia); Framingham, Natick, and Saxonville, Massachusetts; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Massapequa and Lynbrook, New York; and Wayzata, Minnesota. For much of his childhood, his most important possession was his public library card. His job history includes: newspaper carrier, snow shoveler, library clerk, book warehouse worker (ripping covers off returned books), dishwasher (he lasted one shift), housepainter, tea bag packer, fish habitat builder, newspaper circulation desk clerk, window washer, test monitor, bagel-sandwich-maker, copy store clerk, drawing class model, mover, bookstore clerk, poll worker, and night custodian. He regrets he was never a mail carrier. He earned a B.A. in History and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota. In 1972, his draft board reluctantly granted him conscientious objector status. He received his M.A. from Colorado State University and his M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University. His book Love-In-Idleness (Word Works), a collection of persona poems set in Fascist Italy, won the Washington Prize. He's also authored Terrestrial Music (Cursbstone), War on Words (BlazeVOX), and You Don't Know What You Don't Know (CSU Poetry Center). He's edited Atomic Ghost (Coffee House), Learing to Glow (Univ. Arizona), and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters). He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two NEA Fellowships in Poetry. He teaches at Northern Illinois University. He lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with his wife, Jana, a catalog librarian, and their cats, Kiki and Zuzu. (Note: Mr. Bradley provided no endnotes or footnotes for verification of the above.)

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