Andrei Codrescu's controversial and notorious anti-literary
literary magazine Exquisite Corpse has become a primary source for
the non-brain-dead everywhere. Rebellion, passion and black humor
are the journal's trademarks. In 1999 Black Sparrow published
Volume One (limited to poetry and essays) of this two-volume
anthology. This second volume completes the project with fictions,
travels and translations.
By expanding its audience, the first volume transformed the
Corpse from its cult status as a privileged pleasure of the
cognoscenti to a generally acclaimed repository of cultural and
aesthetic libertarianism. Media critics around the country
celebrated a delightful compilation of the dying century's last
spasm of creative rage against the system. "Unplugged,
unprogrammed, unleashed -- there's something here to provoke and
delight everyone", declared Susan Larson (New Orleans
Times-Picayne). "We need to hear these voices from the Corpse".
More dark and light amusements calculated to assault, shock,
intrigue and reflect our anxious millennium fill the pages of this
second Corpse Reader. A heady invitation to enjoy one's
intellectual freedom while it lasts, the volume inscribes central
(and edgy) poetic controversies, eulogizes and condemns, realizes
and surrealizes, translates and travels across space and time to
place us in all those wild worlds visited by the bizarre legion of
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