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Fran Carlen's poetry reads as if it had been written at the turn of the last century, on the continent, had been forgotten, and then found its way to the present day in a steamer trunk; as if a translation of a romance language, where the translation doubles as the original; everyday concerns metamorphose into flirtations with the absurd, and then back to the banal. Voices and wit such as this are difficult to find and more impossible from which to wrest oneself.


Fran Carlen currently lives and works in New York. Her work has appeared in journals including The Germ, The Hat, Fence, Combo, InPrint, Sal Mimeo and Shiny.


Adventures in Poetry began publishing in 1968 as a mimeographed “little magazine,” and continued through 1976 with individual pamphlets, featuring work by Ted Berrigan, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, Anne Waldman, and many others. After a long hiatus, it began publishing books by established and new innovative writers that are available exclusively through Zephyr Press.

I Know Where I’m Going

  • I Know Where I’m Going

    Fran Carlen



    ISBN: 0970625065

  • “Objective reality organized by chance is the means of obtaining a real picture. Magnificent. Two golden thumbprints up.” — Bernadette Mayer

    “Fran Carlen is the consummate inventory-taker – of city life, of language, of minor indiscretions, of the ‘mine inside the mind.’ I Know Where I’m Going belongs on the same shelf as Jane Bowles and Dawn Powell – brazen, intoxicating, ravenous, off-kilter.”— Lewis Warsh

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