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Roberto Harrison


Roberto Harrison
Roberto Harrison

Roberto Harrison was born in Oregon to Panamanian parents. He and his family moved to Panama when he was a year old, and then to Delaware in 1969. Harrison pursued studies in mathematics and computer science as an undergraduate. After a year of graduate work in mathematics at Indiana University, Bloomington, he traveled in the United States, Europe, and North Africa. His collections of poetry are Counter Daemons (2006), Os (2006), elemental song (2006), reflector (2008), and Urrac? (2009).

The language of Counter Daemons comes from computer science and programming terminology. Poet Leslie Scalapino observed. "Roberto Harrison's Daemons are loops (as in computer-generated, or installations using sound) yet his series of continuous loops does not repeat but adds: to make being in the wilderness full." The subjects of politics, identity, landscape, and travel all surface regularly in his poetry. Harrison edits the Bronze Skull Press Chapbook series. In 2008 a show of his drawings and journal entries titled Ineffable Isthmus was featured at the Woodland Pattern Book Center gallery. His work has appeared in Talisman, Jacket, New American Writing, Mandorla, Salt (UK), Cordite (Australia), Antennae, and many other journals. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

These clips were recorded Sunday, 8 November 2006 at the Myopic Poetry Series. e-poets.net extends special thanks to Larry Sawyer, series host and curator, for permission to record this set on location.

Titles below are encoded for both Real Player and MPEG-4/AAC. (Careful listeners will hear the occasional rumble of the elevated train behind Myopic Books.)

rope for the gone: Real | AAC
ritual bathing: Real | AAC
the rabbit, the snake: Real | AAC
cabeza de vaca: Real | AAC
Tocumén (dedicated to Julia Chacón): Real | AAC

- November 2006; updated April 2012