Amalgam: New and Selected Works of Sotère Torregian
Author: Sotère Torregian
Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (2019)
Amalgam is a collection of recent poems and ephemera by the “surreal adventurer” Sotère Torregian. Since the early 1960’s, Torregian has been developing a distinctive transnational revolutionary poetics informed by deep readings and associations with the Surrealism and Négritude movements, and the “New York School” of poets. Here are poems dedicated to poet-friends from New York to Paris to Timbuktu to California with a stopover in Newark, NJ.
"In Sotère Torregian, we have not simply one of the most unique poets of the New York School, but one of the most unique poets writing today. For I know no other poet who has so melded the quotidian impulse of Frank O’Hara . . . with the full tilt madness of authentic surrealism."
"[Torregian’s] poetry often moves at dazzling speed, connecting absurd but astonishingly concrete imagery that challenges a reader's expectations of the poem."
"One of our most radically original poets."
Edition of 500