The Lighthouse Above the Graveyard
A Surrealist Seance
By John Thomas Allen & Alan Gullette
About the Book
In The Lighthouse Above the Graveyard, John Thomas Allen and Alan Gullette engage in breaking the levees of the poetic imagination and distilling an ore of ivy bamboo in this almost perversely intense volume. They read like a spell written in hieroglyphs of baking sheet letters spinning without a head. To miss this is to forsake vision, a parasurrealism that sees everything and nothing at once in a small annihilating point.
Praise for the Book
"This collaborative poem by John Thomas Allen and Alan Gullette takes its place in the grand tradition of surrealist collaboration initiated by Breton and Soupault in The Magnetic Fields: two poets become communicating vessels for concocting a magical word that will transform the world. Driven by the counterpoint of two voices, language turns incandescent. The Lighthouse Above the Graveyard shines like a revolving eye across the darkness we inhabit."-- Andrew Joron, author of Trance Archive, The Cry at Zero, Neo-Surrealism; Or, The Sun at Night: Transformations of Surrealism in American Poetry, et al.
"John Thomas Allen and Alan Gullette... have achieved something novel, innovative, and unprecedented in this substantial book in which they have combined their considerable talents."-- from the foreword by Donald Sidney-Fryer, author of Songs and Sonnets Atlantean; Emperor of Dreams, A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography; Gaspard de la Nuit by Aloysius Bertrand (translation); et al.