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Ivan Argüelles
Madonna Septet:
Volume Two

398 pages
ISBN 1-893541-31-2


The muse, that Sadean demiurge, once again has chosen Ivan Argüelles as the vehicle of an epic dedicated to her own incarnation. In Madonna Septet, her coming is announced as a "concussion" in which creation and destruction can no longer be distinguished. Here is a hyper-Poundian compounding of world-hysterical voices: Argüelles unites and unties lines of Logos with a furor that can only be called divine.
--Andrew Joron

What you are about to read here is more experimental and more wide-ranging even than Pantograph. The opening passages are extraordinarily dense. Lines frequently break off into fragments or break off and are continued several lines later. It helps to know a little about the Upanishad and Hindu literature...[and] Indian Mythology suggest[ing] something of the connection Argüelles is making between the pop star whose name has deeply religious overtones but who is blatantly sexual, and ancient deities. Argüelles' work deliberately reaches into areas of the mind most poets are unaware exist at all. Admittedly, his writing is often difficult, problematical, even at times maddening. It challenges our capacity to read it. This poet is like an explorer in some dark, chaotic, utterly chancy realm. You're never certain what you're going to get. But what he brings back is always, in Pound's phrase, news that stays news. The Madonna Septet is an attempt by one of our finest to tell it all. For once, Argüelles is getting the space he needs to do it.
--Jack Foley