Apart from two volumes published in the 1990s, the work of L.S. Asekoff has been winning admirers only among those lucky enough to encounter it in poetry journals and magazines over the last three decades. Now comes a new collection from this startlingly original poet. Astonishing in its variety of forms and subject matter, ""The Gate of Horn"" includes a series of monologues in which Asekoff conjures voices as disparate as the Marquis de Sade, an ancient Aztec warrior, an immigrant Korean woman, a Vietnam vet, and a Holocaust historian. Above all, however, it is Asekoff's own unmistakable voice that is on display - surreally sensual, intensely lyrical, darkly tragicomic. Through the gates of death and dreams, these wide-ranging, loosely associative poems speak with wit and erudition to the deepest mysteries of language and of life.
L. S. Asekoff, former director of the Brooklyn College MFA Program in Poetry, has published two previous poetry collections: Dreams of a Work (Orchises Press, 1994) and North Star (Orchises Press, 1997). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, and other magazines.