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.
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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.
Praise for the Authors
S.T. Joshi on From a Safe Distance: “Alan Gullette’s remarkable gift for finding exactly the right word for the right place, his scintillating use of symbol and metaphor, and the keenness of his insight into the fundamental weirdness of everyday life should give him high rank among modern poets. Gullette is worthy to carry the torch of Californian imaginative poetry.” Don Webb on Intimations of Unreality: “The Green Transfer is pure surrealism of the Boris Vian school. The prose is immaculate and disorienting. I hope this novella winds up in some permanent collection of the Best of Weird. The scope, aims and methods of [the novellas] would not make them odd shelf mates to Borges or Ligotti.” Bruce Boston on Short Shrift: “Intriguing, fascinating and clever. Many tales are told in a voice that reminded me of Richard Brautigan. I also detected shades of Italo Calvino and Thomas Wiloch. Highly recommended if you are looking for something different, intelligent, and a good read.” Donald Sidney-Fryer on Reviving a Dead Priest: “The sense of fantasy and linguistic play holds high carnival in this volume! We personally find [it] a godsend or a cosmos-gift of clearness in terms of the ongoing existential maelstrom and confusion.”