XOETEOX: < THE INFINITE WORD OBJECT > BY EDWIN TORRES
XoeteoX: < the infinite word object > by Edwin Torres refuses to be held. The poem slides off the page. The poem tells us, then retells us, and then tells it slant—then untells us—the story by a logic, neither circular nor a straight line. Still Torres maneuvers us through this performative mind-meld via arresting hybridity; concrete poems with superimposed, runaway text; fablesque prose poems; and somethings else. Read it to see. His range presents XoeteoX as both palindromic art object and ars-poetic investigation into new and old ways of thought—as they apply to poetry, identity, societal attitudes and understandings, among other applications. See how he uses analogies to unfold one poem: “to sit with a book’s silence / is to deepen the silence / to power a book’s loudness with yours / is to fuse your silence / with a page—is to power / your private world . . .” Or, how palindromes create a lather in this one: “This year will / be here, still, as a comment on every year. Age moves forward stepping through time. Age / is a coward, gnippets hguorht emit . . . // . . . I, as palindromic yob, stand as I.” Torres manifests himself, and his readers, by his act of writing. He calls forth what is unknown by naming it thusly, and dissolves any easy logics by troubling them in momentous, springboard fashion. With XoeteoX, Torres invites us to enter into this heady performance with him to reach past and on to the next truths and our future selves.
—Review by Madeline Vardell