"It is not surprising to find poets
interested in Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. It is a magical film full
of symbolism and fantastic milieus, full of formal and measured dances.
When Kurosawa said that 'man is a genius when he is dreaming,' he
knew what poets also know: that some ideas can only become clear
and luminous if articulated in complicated symbolic languages. In
Involuntary Vision, eleven Bay Area poets write out of and about
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. The poems they write explore with Kurosawa
relationships, childhood terrors, the seductive nature of death,
nuclear annihilation, and environmental pollution. As they do this
they maintain an allegiance to the formal and measured dance of thought
and word. This is a moving collection that celebrates poetry as an
art that is both social and intellectual.
"If this book tells us there will be
'no dancing while the world is ending,' at least there will be poetry.
These poets make of Kurosawa's apocalyptic film a world beyond it.
Their revelatory subject dreams inside the monstrous present as they
uncover the sound behind the image, the image behind the frame."