A . J. KAUFMANN
AMAZON, THE FAME OF GOD (KSE #166)
(cinema poetry series, volume four)
Poland’s A. J. KAUFMANN is back, this time with the fourth edition in KSE’s “Cinema Poetry Series.” A.J. has been tied up with music activities for the last four or five months, recording and then re-recording an album of his own compositions, but took a break to write this exciting eight-poem suite inspired by Werner Herzog’s classic 1973 film AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD. Who can forget Klaus Kinski’s over-the-top portrayal of this over-the-top conquistador, capturing in one film everything that’s wrong and stupid with imperialism, colonialism, fanaticism, theocracy, etc.
A.J. takes on the same themes in this collection, turning his kaleidoscopic, psychedelic poetic eye toward South America, taking us on a new/old death trip down the same river as Aguirre/Kinski. As usual, it’s a wild ride, and it peels back the veil on many a dirty little secret.