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Who is Johannes Göransson?

“distorted” (Publishers Weekly); “anti-idealist” (Entropy); “discomfiting, filthy, hilarious” (Bookslut); “fucked and funny and tender and sad and putrid and glitter-covered all at once” (VICE); Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, including most recently The Sugar Book, and has translated a number of Swedish poets, including Aase Berg, Henry Parland, Johan Jönson, Ann Jäderlund and others. He has also written criticism about translation theory, and is currently working on a book on the subject….

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The Sugar Book
Haute Surveillance
Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate
Pilot (“Johan the Carousel Horse”)
Dear Ra
A New Quarantine Will Take My Place

“Unclassifiable — part epic poem, part science fiction, part pornographic film, and all literature” (John Yau, Hyperallergic)

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Translation

476px-Aase_Berg_2011+(1)Aase Berg

Aase Berg (born 1967) is the author of seven books of poetry in Swedish, including, most recently, the critically acclaimed Hackers, and Liknöjd fauna, which won Aftonbladet’s Literature Prize for the best book of the year in 2012, “the mommy trilogy” (Forsla fett, Uppland and Loss), the gothic sci-fi epic Mörk Materia (Dark Matter) and the now-classic Hos Rådjur (With Deer). She is also the author of one book of criticism, Uggla (which won Lagercrantzen for best book of criticism in 2011), the young-adult novel Människoätande människor i Märsta (People-Eating People in Märsta), and the forthcoming novel Kvinnofällan (The Woman Trap). She has written extensively for Swedish newspapers and literary journals. In the 1980s and 90s she was a member of the Stockholm Surrealist Group. From 2002 to 2004 she served as the editor of BLM. Her poetry has been translated into English, Chinese and German. [READ MORE]

johan-jonsonJohan Jönson

Johan Jönson (born 1966) published his first two books – Som Samplingsdikter (As Sampling Poems) and Näst Sista Våldet (The Next to Last Violence) – in 1992 and 1994. Over the next few years, he focused on writing texts for the radical performance group Teatermaskinen, including such work as FAUST-FUCK, Extas +/- Noll and Woyzeckmaskinen. At the start of the new millennium, he published the five-volume collection I Krigsmaskinen (In the War Machine) and then in quick succession the books Virus, Monomtrl, Collobert Orbital, Restaktivitet, Efter arbetsschema (which won Aftonbladet’s Literature Prize for best book of 2008), Livdikt, med.bort.in, and mot.vidare.mot. He has also worked with the dance company ccap. [READ MORE]

henry-parlandHenry Parland

Henry Parland’s (1908-1930) brief but prolific and highly influential career as a poet, essayist and novelist was shaped by the tumultuous times of Russia and Europe between the two world wars. He lived in Russia, Finland and Lithuania, but his first language was German. His wide range of literary influences included Finland-Swedish Expressionism, Dada and Die Neue Sachlichkeit from Germany, Russian Futurism and Formalism, American writers Carl Sandberg, Edgar Lee Masters and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and French novelists Marcel Proust and André Gidé. [READ MORE]

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“I’m interested in art as violence, art as a haunting, as a spirit photograph, as what Aase Berg calls a ‘deformation zone’ or what Joyelle [McSweeney] has called ‘necropastoral’…. Art that is both Art and a contagion in the world. By not fully accounting for these figures, what I want them to be is this unstable matter. I want it all to be kind of shitty, you know.”

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“A feverish and explicit set of images and ideas revolving around power, fetish, porn, media, violence, translation, punishment, performance, and aesthetics…. Kind of like a novelization of a movie about the production of a play based on Abu Ghraib, though with way more starlets and cocaine and semen….” (Blake Butler, VICE)

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John Yau, Hyperallergic review of Poetry Against All

"...the most recent genre-bending book from a writer who detonates the lanes that in which mainstream writing is content to stay, from the predictable frisson caused by coolly deadpan conceptual poetry to the packaged emotional uplift of what Ron Silliman called the 'School of Quietude.'.. This book of 45 short prose entries may not be poetry in either the conventional or avant-garde sense, but it is poetry nevertheless."

Poetry Against All reviewed by Ryan Bollenbach at Big Other

"I was drawn by the breadth of Goransson’s discussions of film, music, and writing, and the aesthetics of pornography, debasement, kitsch, moralism, and nostalgia. He emphasizes an organic and visceral reading and writing practice in line with Steven Shaviro’s film criticism in The Cinematic Body—a text Göransson mentions multiple times in Poetry Against All—of embracing a masochistic relationship to art by allowing oneself to be ravished by it."

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