TWO NOVELS: HOwl Revisited and Green Detectives
by Mike Corrao
ABOUT TWO NOVELS:
Two Novels is a manifestation of loss and confusion, constructed in its own textual landscape. Within these new works by visionary author Mike Corrao, readers will interact with something complex and ever-changing.
After a failed relationship with Allen Ginsberg, the poet begins to drift away from reality. He suffers from strange mutations and various stigmata. Soon, it becomes near impossible to distinguish between what is real and what is fabricated.
Within Green Detectives, the reader will experience: Greek Titans coming back to life; fake poets hoping to disappear; private investigators analyzing the unconscious; nervous dinner speeches being made; summonings of Goya’s black paintings; and, a series of other mysteries that surface after the arrival of two xenobiologists in Minneapolis.
ABOUT MIKE CORRAO
Mike Corrao is the author of Man, Oh Man (Orson's Publishing, 2018) and Gut Text (11:11 Press, 2019). His work has been featured in publications such as Entropy, Always Crashing, and The Portland Review. He lives in Minneapolis where he earned his B.A. in film and English literature at the University of Minnesota. Learn more at www.mikecorrao.com.
Click here to read an interview with Mike about this project on the Orson’s Publishing blog.
Author photo credit: Rob Prochnow
PRAISE FOR TWO NOVELS: HOWL REVISITED AND GREEN DETECTIVES
"TWO NOVELS is an act of transmogrification in which Corrao pressurizes, punctuates, and ultimately mutates Bloom’s anxiety of influence until it ruptures, rapturously, into a uniquely Carrao-ian orgy of influence. Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, Lydia Davis, Rene Clair, German Sierra, William S. Burroughs, Bertolt Brecht, Hannah Arendt, and John Milton are just a few of the psychopomps who elbow each other throughout the necrospiritual graveyard of TWO NOVELS. Mouths abound in a polyphonous chorus of inspiration, yet Corrao’s exuberant melancholy, his reverent anxiety, refuses a Caligulian chaos of excess and insists, instead, on a poetics of supersaturation in which, as Corrao writes, ‘endless voices emerge from the source, the universal becomes unavoidable.’"
- Candice Wuehle, author of Bound
"Mike Corrao’s work is a series of precise explosions, punching through the rubble of language to arrive at something nameless. These two novels freewheel between history, literature, poetry, prose, autofiction, nightmare, and the sort of television static one might remember from one’s analog childhood, the set caught between stations, shards of narrative visible beneath the snow, the picture always threatening to resolve into the face of God and/or a diabolical hand reaching out to pull you in."
- James Tadd Adcox, author of Does Not Love
"Mike Corrao’s Howl Revisited and Green Detectives come together to build a stunning collective poetry out of the detritus of life, death, capitalism and apocalypse. Resonant and unsettling, these works linger in the unconscious. "
- Anne-Marie Kinney, author of Coldwater Canyon