Randall Horton is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the author of two previous poetry books, The Definition of Place and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street. He is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry, and a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.
In Pitch Dark Anarchy, Randall Horton returns with renewed intensity to the themes that animated his acclaimed collections The Definition of Place and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street. An extended meditation on the legacy of slavery and the Amistad rebellion serves as a kind of prefatory note, while the body of the text confronts contemporary issues of racial identity and urban decay. Through innovative formal and visual techniques, such as fractured syntax and typographical disruption, Horton evokes the disorienting experiences of urban life, while also calling into question the complicity of language in the oppressive structures he anatomizes.
"The worthy poet arrives. In his wide-stretched hands sits a crown of indigo alphabets and drumming caesurae. He fills every head in the room with a new world order. Randall Horton both lands and ascends in this blistering new collection."
TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press