Joshua Clover is a poet, scholar, and a Professor at University of California Davis. With Juliana Spahr, he is an organizer of the Durruti Free School for Social Poetics. He is a regular contributor to The Nation and Los Angeles Review of Books, and a former senior writer for Spin and the Village Voice; most of his recent work concerns radical politics and economic crisis. Clover is the author of two books of criticism,1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (University of California Press, 2009) and The Matrix (British Film Institute, 2005) and two books of poems, The Totality for Kids(University of California Press, 2006), and Madonna anno domini (Louisiana State University Press, 1997), which received 1996 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.
Co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, College of Letters and Science, with support from the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
My Life in the New Millennium
It was true that the more I hated people the more I loved cats.
Then people started to surprise me.
Often this involved fire or coca-cola
bottles with petrol which amounts to the same thing.
Once fire is the form of the spectacle the problem
becomes how to set fire to fire.
Some friends were prepared to help with this which
Michael Jackson having died and then Whitney Houston
was the new pop music. Without an understanding
of the world system and the underlying truth of land
as the place of politics and the sea as the space of commerce
it is hard to integrate that other
most important fact of our era. Pirates. My friends
and pirates and cats - it comes down
to comrades known and elsewhere.