The First One's Free.
To celebrate (over) a decade since my first book, I’m offering it for free.
EX MACHINA is a choose-your-own-adventure-style poetry-novel hybrid about how machines have changed what it means to be human.
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The National Gallery
My fourth poetry book, the first in seven years, swirls chaos and confession together. At the book’s heart is a question: Why create art? A series of poetic sequences torment themselves over this question, offering few answers and taking fewer prisoners. A startling diversity of styles and subjects feed into this maelstrom, and its dark currents will draw you in to drown.
“This is a brilliant and profound book, often hilarious and moving, alive and alert to our life, our language, our darkness, and our love”
—Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates
“A wondrous collection of the narcotic, gorgeous, and hilarious … Ball’s phrases often fold in on themselves suddenly to produce startling mouthfuls of dream and delight … the reader doesn’t even notice the trapdoor that’s opened beneath their giddy feet.”
—Guy Maddin, director of My Winnipeg
“Jonathan Ball deploys [a] distinctive blend of sinister insight and munificent imagination, illuminating horror and dark humour, artful precision and formal play.”
—Daniel Scott Tysdal, author of The Writing Moment