Click and Clone

Click and Clone

By Elaine Equi

Coffee House Press, Paperback, 9781566892575, 108pp.

Publication Date: March 2011


Equi’s innovative poems whimsically explore the effects of technology on everyday life.

About the Author
Equi's succinct, witty, and innovative work has been widely published, appearing in the The New Yorker, Norton's Postmodern American Poetry, and four recent volumes of The Best American Poetry. A central figure in Chicago's poetics scene during the 70s and 80s, she now lives in New York where she teaches at City College, New School and NYU.

Praise For Click and Clone

Whether celebrating clones or revising Led Zeppelin (That stairway only leads half-way to heaven’), Equi melds verse with aphorism, wisdom with wicked playfulness.”Entertainment Weekly

Elaine Equi is one who won’t stay inside the line or outside the line. // I am the line itself,’ she proclaims in the lead poem Follow Me.’ In an age of instant and infinite communication marked by blips, beeps, and tweets, she continues to streamline her unique vision. . . . This troubling topic, seemingly alien to a poetic sensibility, is indicative of Equi’s reach into the future. She also keeps the past magically alive."Brooklyn Rail

Equi’s newest collection is punchy and fast paced; saturated with an urban tang (You Know the Type // A NY guy / in an NY hat / walking an NY dog’). Modern yet staunchly accessible in their quirkiness, her poems feel alive. Nowhere is there a poet / who sings the sanitized decadence of our times,’ Equi writes, though one could argue that her collection comes as close as possible.” Publishers Weekly

Equi’s name-dropping of fellow poets and friends, her use of various formsfrom dialogue script to sonnet to one-line aphoristic phrasegives this collection an energetic charm.”American Poet

Elaine Equi is not a poet’s poet and not a people’s poet, and yet she is both. Her poetry is wry and sparse. Often less than a page, her poems read something like eloquent one-liners that along with laughter effortlessly provoke profundity: a little Wang Wei, a little Frank O’Hara, a little Nicanor Parra, but mostly, just a little.”Guernica

Elaine Equi seems to know all our foibles and, instead of edging toward the door, reports the latest developments with precise, loving equanimity. Her voice is unique: poised, witty, intimate, and somehow interstellar. It’s as if she’s visiting from a future where we all appear transparent. Click and Clone is an electrified pleasure field.” Aram Saroyan

Spick and span, cut and dry, shake and bake, and now Elaine Equi introduces Click and Clone. These poetically altered texts punch wholes into the multiverses of pop and splendor, short and longing, prose and dreams. Equi says that art can no longer imitate life, it just needs to keep up. As they might say at the racetrack, she leads by a verse.”Charles Bernstein