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Chaos Is the New Calm
Date: 17th June, 2010
Publisher: BOA EDITIONS
Chaos is the New Calm expands the parameters of the sonnet form, putting rhymes in unusual places, inventing new stanza structures, and addressing a variety of subject matter ranging from travelogue to inner monologue, from social commentary to solitary musing. These poems are alive with sound, rhythm, and lyric insights into the world. Wyn Cooper's poem "Fun" was adapted by Sheryl Crow for her hit song "All I Wanna Do." He collaborates on music and spoken word with novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Cooper is co-organizer of the Brattleboro Literary Festival. He consults for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. From Verse Wisconsin Online: "These poems move along at an energetic pace often progressing by plays on words and a kind of free association logic or, to put it another way, a sort of "six-degrees-of-separation" type of logic between both people and things."