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The Vanishing Mediator by Adam T. Bogar

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“For Adam T. Bogar, Slavoj Žižek’s most speculative book, The Indivisible Remainder: On Schelling and Related Matters, is a mirror in which fragments of a mythical narrative coalesce. Finding haiku in a philosophical text demands a well-honed poetic sensibility. After reading and re-reading this collection it is clear that Bogar’s eye for poetry is indeed clearly focused.”

— Réka Nyitrai, Recipient of the 2020 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award


“It is the maverick author who succeeds in vanishing before our eyes in these 20 monoku. It would be an impossibility that they do not inspire you with their contained universes. In The Vanishing Mediator, Bogar’s scholarly inquest is a Žižek work of philosophy. Is the whole of it intended as a mirror, which was Jacques Lacan’s entrance into the triad relationship between the Symbolic, the Imaginary, and the Real? We find this mystery presented at the outset: how to conceptualize our subjectivity in a modern world through this egoless poem. Bogar is in that poet’s poet category for me for a reason: no one else is writing haiku as interesting about what matters most.”

—Tom Sacramona, Editor of Frogpond


About the Author:

Adam T. Bogar (b. 1984) is a Hungarian haiku poet, indie scholar, and translator, based in Folkestone, UK. His haiku have been published in venues including Modern HaikuFrogpond, Bones, and Presence; his debut collection was The Feynman Lectures in Haiku (Cyberwit, 2019). Adam is the co-editor of the bilingual journal kontinuum: kortárs haiku_contemporary haiku, and head of the Budapest Chapter of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
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