Poetry. "Valerie Fox's idiosyncratic and often hilarious poems, with their playful shifts of syntax and thought, are shadowed over by a mysterious grace.. [Here is] a guide to seeing the world in a new and brilliant way. This is a poetry of multiple pleasures and surprises, rigorous to the core yet forever blissful"-Lewis Warsh.
"If you think life came without a manual--you are holding it. Here, in The Rorschach Factory, are Valerie Fox's schematics, instructions, model kits, psychic consultations, advice. Patient and entertaining explanations; god in a Zen garden, channeling Audubon, Axl Rose, Tennessee Williams, the Cheshire Cat. Valerie Fox is Eurydice not looking back, with James Dean as Orpheus. This is a book to place with your important ones." - Leonard Gontarek
Fox has lived and traveled around the world, teaching at several colleges and universities including Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. She is a founding co-editor of 6ix. She is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University in her home state of Pennsylvania and now resides in New Jersey.
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Valerie Fox received her M.A. in poetry in 1986 from Temple University, and her Ph.D. (English) from Binghamton University in 1990. Her most recent book of poems is Bundles of Letters, Including A, V and Epsilon, a compilation written with Arlene Ang and published by Texture Press. The Rorschach Factory was published in 2005 by Straw Gate Press. Amnesia, or, Ideas for Movies, was published by Texture Press in 1993. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The World, Hanging Loose, West Branch, Phoebe, Printed Matter, No Roses Review, Poems Niederngasse, 5 Trope, Feminist Studies, and The Painted Bride Quarterly. She was one of the founding editors of 6ix magazine, a Philadelphia-based literary magazine. Currently she teaches in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. She currently edits the magazine Press 1, leafscape.org/press1, which features poetry, fiction, opinion, and photography.Review:
Valerie Fox's latest book, The Rorschach Factory is an engaging psychological journey through that thin line between the mundane and the surreal. As the title suggests, the poems in these pages are based on Fox's apperception of the world around her. Interestingly enough, her poetry often has the quality of an inkblot itself--limitless, open to the imagination and carefully crafted to provoke an instinctual response from the reader.-- From review published in Per Contra.
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Book Description Straw Gate Books, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0977378640