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Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella

by Amy Catanzano



About the Author

Amy Catanzano’s second book, Multiversal (Fordham University Press, 2009), received the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. Multiversal was selected for publication by Michael Palmer for Fordham’s Poets Out Loud Prize. Her first book, iEpiphany (2008), was published by Anne Waldman’s independent publishing venture, Erudite Fangs Editions. An e-chapbook, the heartbeat is a fractal, was released by Toronto/Tokyo-based Ahadada Books in 2009. Her speculative essays on the intersections of poetry, science, and ’pataphysics have been published in Jerome Rothenberg’s Poems and Poetics, and a collaborative discussion project on poetry and science in which she participated appears in Jacket2. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she is an Assistant Professor of English and serves as Poet-in-Residence and Director of Creative Writing at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Starlight in Two Million A NEO-SCIENTIFIC NOVELLA


Amy Catanzano‘s writing is a vector, releasing sparks. To read her work is to emit/receive—something. From a distant yet intimate point. What will happen next? Where will you go? This novella is a guidebook to a future that has not arrived yet. To “predicate.” To “devolve.” To “shimmer.” In a book that is a like a nerve.

Bhanu Khapil

Amy Catanzano‘s “neo-scientific” novella is a metafictional tour de force: a tour of the forces that compose the cosmos, a recomposition of the music of the spheres. Here, narrative flow becomes a kind of quantum fluid, bifurcating into character systems and poetry. Tinctures of the inhuman spread through this writing, causing language to convulse in forms as vivid and varied as the multiverse itself. Alternately explosive and meditative, at once lyrical and conceptual, Catanzano’s work renews the pataphysical claim of literature on science. In this work, American literature has found its own Jarry.

Andrew Joron