James Cervantes' fourth book of poetry, Temporary Meaning, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry in 2007. His poems have appeared most recently in Laurel Review, the Boston Review, North American Review, and Merge. Cervantes, also editor of the Salt River Review, now divides his time between Arizona and San Miguel de Allende.
Changing the Subject
Halvard Johnson, James Cervantes
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
OUT OF PRINT
“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 others 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 spacein search of an anchor, a place, a home.”—Carol King