a grasp of contemporary idioms that ranges from post-Beat to post-Language
poetry and from magical realism to avant-pop fiction, Vernon Frazer explores
the terrain "beneath the underground" where mainstream publishers
have yet to delve. His poetry synthesizes the Language Poets, the Black
Mountain Poets and the West Coast Beat poets into an exciting literary
amalgam that defies ready classification. Regardless of the idiom he writes
in, Frazer stretches the established boundaries until they bulge with his
in-your-face intensity, his gallows humor and his antic sense of play.
A writer-musician whose credits include The Poetry Project at St. Mark's
Church, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Knitting Factory, Frazer's innovative
fusion of poetry with free form improvisation anticipated the now-popular
fusion of poetry with music.