The Totality Cantos
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The 2008 economic crisis and global backdrop of struggles by 2011 renewed possibilities for thinking totality, materializing it for apprehension. Ang wrote The Totality Cantos out of a desire to be interested in everything, sampling from discourses of history, philosophy, religion, science, and the humanities, all offering knowledges of what constitute totality. This major work is constructed along the principles of assemblage poetics, and exemplifies constructive verse: writing adequate to apprehending totality.
The Totality Cantos generator randomizes assemblages of the poem’s one thousand sections. Programming by Alif Sajan and Franz Fernando.
The Totality Cantos is Brian Ang’s first book.
Lyn Hejinian on Publishing The Totality Cantos
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Reading with Caleb Beckwith at Woolsey Heights in Berkeley (September 24, 2022)
The Totality Cantos: Brian Ang and Alex Abalos on the Avant-Garde (August 20, 2022)
Interview with Cheryl Truong for Eastwind Books of Berkeley (August 2022)
Post-Crisis Poetics (April 2017)
“Brian Ang with Caleb Beckwith,” The Conversant (November 2016)
“Post-Crisis Poetics,” ARMED CELL 10 (April 2016)
“Post-Crisis Poetics: David Lau’s ‘Communism Today’,” ARMED CELL 5 (August 2013)
ARMED CELL (2011-2017)
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