Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson



Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson are the authors of Figures for a Darkroom Voice.

Gordon is also the author of Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007; selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series), A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow (New Issues, 2007), Inbox (BlazeVOX, 2006), The Area of Sound Called the Subtone (Ahsahta, 2004), and The Frequencies (Tougher Disguises, 2003).

Wilkinson is also the author of Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms (Pinball, 2005), Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (U of Iowa, 2006), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (forthcoming from Tupelo Press). He holds a PhD from University of Denver and lives in Chicago where he teaches at Loyola University. His first film, Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, is due out next year.


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At Powell's, staffer Alexis Smith reviews *Figures for a Darkroom Voice*, from Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007): "These aren't just two guys with three names each; these are two of the poets to watch in the next generation.... What started as an experiment in poetics, passing a pad of paper back and forth across a cafe table, ended as one of the most interesting books of last year.... With whimsical drawings by Noah Saterstrom, and published by the always stellar Tarpaulin Sky Press."

In The Bloomsbury Review, Ray González reviews *Figures for a Darkroom Voice* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007): "In a hyper-surreal collaboration, Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson take the prose poem to new, wild heights.... The two poets show how simply seeing is the door to complex experience."

At Coldfront, Mike McDonough reviews *Figures for a Darkroom Voice* by Noah Eli Gordon & Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007): "Figures in a Darkroom Voice reads as searching, musical whole. Gordon and Wilkinson produce a voice that turns over new territory without sounding boring, mechanical or self-indulgent. There is somehow a gentle good sense to nearly every strange line they write. You feel like if you read this book carefully enough, you would see that it is actually an instruction manual for living a good life, one that only works if you fall asleep while reading it. You feel like you could invite both of them to dinner, and they wouldn’t embarrass you or your family, except that they would have to wear nametags so you could tell them apart. What could be bad about that?"

Featuring work by Jesus Aguado, Electa Arenal, Julie Carr, Jan Clausen, Josh Corey, Michael Costello, Barbara DeCesare, Joan Fiset, Sandy Florian, Beatrix Gates, Ada Limon, Paul McCormick, Joyelle McSweeney, Amanda Nadelberg, Daniel Nester, Mark O’Neil, Francis Raven, Andrew Roberts, Laura Sims, Cody Walker, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, and Max Winter.