Joe Pan, "Operating Systems"
Joe Pan, Operating Systems
Thursday, September 26, 7pm
This expansive, ambitious collection by Joe Pan further exemplifies his talent for blending genres and pushing formally experimental narratives and lyrics into a wild array of thought-provoking poetry. From the familial to the fantastical to the socially political, Pan’s maximalist style doesn’t miss much, earning this collection its place among the most anticipated books of 2019. Highlighted by “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper”—a long poem about drone warfare being taught in classrooms around the country—Operating Systems approaches our complicated and shifting histories with empathy and an eye for the absurd.
Joe Pan is the author of five poetry collections—Operating Systems, The Art Is a Lonely Hunter, Soffritto, Hi c cu ps, and Autobiomythography & Gallery—and served as co-editor of the best-selling Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His work has appeared in such venues as the Boston Review, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Review of Books. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn Arts Press, an independent publishing house honored in 2016 with a National Book Award win in Poetry, as well as serving as the publisher of Augury Books, and is the founder of the services-oriented activist group Brooklyn Artists Helping.