Halvard Johnson

Halvard Johnson was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has published many collections of poetry–Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey–all from New Rivers Press and now out of print, archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives. Recent collections include Rapsodie espagnole, G(e)nome, The Sonnet Project, Theory of Harmony and The English Lesson (Unicorn Press 2004). Guide to the Tokyo Subway and Organ Harvest with Entrance of Clones were published by Hamilton Stone Editions (2005 and 2007, respectively). He has lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Cayey, Puerto Rico; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and New York City. For many years he taught overseas in the European and Far East divisions of the University of Maryland, mostly in Germany and Japan. He spends most of his time in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Changing the Subject

Halvard Johnson, James Cervantes

Publication Date: March 1, 2004

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ISBN: 1-888996-83-8



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“Changing the Subject might have started from the spontaneous combustion a listserve offers, but its poems quickly transcend the casual. The poets play jazz riffs, often responding to motifs in each other’s poems, but each poem also stands alone. Here is the best one can hope for in successful collaboration: excellent poems.”—Rochelle Ratner

“In Changing the Subject both poets, conscious of the electronamniotic sac of contemporary consciousness, fire up the DNA until word feeds word, perception flashes from perception, and the neurons go off creating new wavelets across the combinatory gene and memory pools with wit, beauty, and irony.”—Michael Heller

“Changing the Subject dances within the possibilities of familiar literary allusions, contemporary references, and startling imagery while whirling across great distances to draw attention to the Web itself, throwing out its gossamer lines, seeking to find a resting spot on some promontory, seeking to find readers to whom it can connect. Tirelessly, it spins out its threads, backtracks on itself, and launches forward into oceans of virtual space—in search of an anchor, a place, a home.”—Carol King