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Dawn of the Algorithm is a bestiary. Yann Rousselot’s poems are characters, they are forces of human nature, genetically engineered with a single purpose: to herald the apocalypse.

Rousselot paints a darkly comical portrait of humankind, a species plagued by heartbreak and alienation, yet driven by hope and, at the very core, a burning desire to connect.

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“[T]he language is never trivial. They are playful, witty and sometimes downright funny, despite being basically dystopian and apocalyptic. As someone who styles herself as a bit of a SF nerd, the overt content is delightful, full of superheroes and pop-culture references, most of which I “got”. After his public reading and our conversation, I realized that there was a deeper, most subtle sub-context, which was underlying much of Yann’s writing. And that was one of alienation. A certain sense of wanting to but not quite belonging and trying to figure out one’s place in the world.”Amazing Stories Magazine

“Poetry, for most people, is the classical music of the literary world and what genre poetry that does exist, such as rap, is rarely recognized as such. Into this void steps Yann Rousselot’s new collection of sci-fi beat poetry, Dawn of the Algorithm. I use the term “beat” not only in reference to the spoken word origin of the collection–Yann wrote and performed much of the material among the Paris Slam poetry community–but also the themes it shares with the work of the Beats, such as dissatisfaction with modern society, liberation of the individual, ecological awareness, and the elevation of pop art.” – Signum Eagle

“Most of the poems in Dawn of the Algorithm are some sort of first-person description of self. Whether it’s a “DEFCON One–calibre rogue AI” that speaks “post-human,” or KITT from television’s Knight Rider, or even a Tyrannosaurus rex, Rousselot gives voice to the voiceless in his persona poems.” – Science Fiction Poetry Association

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