A’s Dream is a collection of poems that follow a strict procedure: each one repurposes language from an existing literary work. The texts that these poems reimagine range from Shakespearean sonnets to Emma Goldman’s autobiography to the author’s own previously published works. The product is a wildly varied collection that examines selfhood in the context of tender, ecstatic physicality and love.
Praise for A's Dream
Though Shurin’s procedure raises interesting questions about language as inheritance, originality, and so on, we don’t listen to Shurin’s poems to marvel at his ingenious use of a procedure. We listen because Shurin’s system is dissolved in language that shimmers with “unearthly majesty” as it addresses essential questions about the nature of self, the nature of language, the discovery of one’s own true face in a courageous act of loving.
— Steve Silberman