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Latest Things

  • The Alice Gallery invited me to be a writer in residence for the current show, I Come To You In Pieces, which features work by Maria Walker, Rachel Meginnes, and Guy Merrill. Here’s what I made in response to their wonderful work.
  • A recording of my May 2, 2015 Segue reading with Andy Fitch on Pennsound.
  • Dear Wanderer” on the Los Angeles Review Blog (the poem appears in the spring, 2015 issue along with another, “Apple Palmed”).
  • 4 poems from Between Page and Screen in Jubilat 27 (Spring, 2015).
  • Opening a Worl in the World Wide Web,” a poetics statement about The Deletionist co-written with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul, in Media-N, the journal of the New Media Caucus. Selections from The Deletionist also appear in VLAK 5, the final issue of the wonderful international journal of experimental writing.
  • Gemma Wilson previews the Abra app for Seattle City Arts
  • “Shifting Shapes” and “Show of Hands” in Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia
  • A write-up of Affect and Audience in the Digital Age at the Simpson Center website
  • Selections from Abra, with Kate Durbin, in The &Now Awards 3 (ed. Megan Milks, Lake Forest College Press / &Now Books, 2015).
  • An interview with Bill Carty in Seattle City Arts
  • A selection from As We Know in Best American Experimental Writing, ed. Seth Abramson and Jesse Damiani (Omnidawn, 2014).
  • “Towards an Auto-Destructive Poetics,” a poetics statement in The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde, Ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Lily Hoang (Nightboat Books, 2015).
  • Affect & Audience in the Digital Age, a chapbook of conversations that grew out of the Autumn, 2013 Affect & Audience in the Digital Age symposium at the Simpson Center for the Humanities has been published under the new digital chapbooks imprint of Essay Press.
  • A 4-icon book review of Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black at Essay Daily.
  • Selections from As We Know in the new PageBoy.
  • New blog posts on As-We-Know describing Andy’s and my Colorado, Illinois, and Wisconsin readings.
  • ABRA featured in Drunken Boat 20 as part of the new Digital Poetry section, curated by Jhave.
  • Videos of readings at Tapin2
  • An interview with Andy Fitch in Bomb.
  • New Poems in New American Writing 32.
  • New poems at Berfrois.
  • Two poems in the anthology The Dark Would, a visual poetry collection in 2 volumes, one print, one kindle. Kindly reviewed by Eric Schmaltz at Lemonhound.
  • “Shifting Shapes,” A review-in-poems-and-pamphlets of Seattle Art Museum’s Future Beauty: 40 Years of Japanese Fashion at Big, Red, and Shiny.
  • Selected notebook pages in Pocket Tones 2.
  • “BE TWEE WEE PAGE,” an outtake from Between Page and Screen, Cordite Review.

Books

As We Know

Subito Press (November 2014)
Project website: as-we-know.com

As We Know Cover

In Collaboration with Andy Fitch.

Available through Small Press Distribution or Amazon.

Recently selected by Julie Carr for the Subito Prize, As We Know attempts to invert the gendered history of editorial intervention as it has played out in the famous cases of figures such as Dorothy Wordsworth and Emily Dickinson. At the same time, it repositions erasure procedures at the origins of (rather than in response to) a published text. Here Amaranth Borsuk has taken Andy Fitch’s summer diary and reshaped 60 passages (formatted as daily calendar notations in homage to Robert Creeley’s A Day Book, with its cover design by Robert Indiana) into a new type of collective confessional/constructivist collage that brings her own voice into the text and foregrounds the tensions of authorship. Embracing Roland Barthes’ call for a “corrected banality,” this project presents the most unmediated-seeming idiom—the diurnal, journalistic record—as itself the consequence of methodical and/or whimsical extraction. Nonfiction subjectivity emerges as the product of, not just the source for, erasure poetics. As in Barthes’ own elided memoirs, the resulting work calls into question exactly who we are and what we know.

Selections from the book have appeared or are forthcoming in Evening Will Come, Matter, Dusie, and Ocean State Review, Barzakh (which includes audio of Andy and I reading the work), Seneca Review, Comma, MAKE Literary Magazine, Heavy Feather ReviewCourt Green, Sierra Nevada ReviewPageboy.

Reviews:

Handiwork

Slope Editions (March 2012)

Available through Small Press Distribution or Amazon

Handiwork explores the relationship between writing and torture—the ways poetry can wound us, and the ways it wrestles with language itself. Combining constraint-based writing with fragmented lyricism, the book considers the social and cultural role of the writer with respect to history and memory, and what gets lost in the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next.

“A New Vessel,” one of the poems from the manuscript, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky as winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Prize. It appears online. Other poems from Handiwork are online at The Society for Curious Thought and The Destroyer, as well as Cutbank.

Reviews:

Between Page and Screen

Siglio Press (April, 2012)

In collaboration with programmer Brad BouseBetween Page and Screen is a book of poems that contains no text, only stark black-and-white geometric shapes and a web address leading to betweenpageandscreen.com, where the reader follows instructions to display the book on his or her webcam. Our software detects the square markers in the book and projects poems mapped to the surface of the page. Because the animations move with the book, they appear to inhabit “real” three-dimensional space—a kind of digital pop-up book.

The poems—a series of cryptic letters between P and S, two lovers struggling to define the bounds of their relationship, do not exist on either page or screen, but in the augmented space between them opened up by the reader.

Originally created as a limited-edition hand-made artist’s book, Between Page and Screen, is now available from Siglio Press (25% discount with code SPINTO), Amazon, and through DAP. For more information, visit www.betweenpageandscreen.com.

Reviews:

Chapbook

Tonal Saw

Chapbook (The Song Cave, 2010)

This chapbook-length poem in thirty parts uses language from a religious tract that was left on my doorstep ten years ago. Vertical slashes score the source text, sawing through the language of religious fervor to write a religion of poetry that worships language itself.

Poems

Additional recent poems can be found in print in FIELD, Denver Quarterly, and Colorado Review.

Essays

“Opening a Worl in the World Wide Web: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Deletionism.” Media-N 11.1, Special Issue: The Aesthetics of Erasure,” Paul Benzon and Sarah Sweeney, Eds. (Spring 2015).

“Towards an Auto-Destructive Poetics.” The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & The Avant-Garde. Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Eds. (Nightboat Books, 2015).

“Afterword,” Sixty Morning Talks by Andy Fitch. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014.

“Artists’ Books in the Age of Digital Publishing.” Commentary, Jacket2 (August 2013 – present).

“Electrifying Literature,” from the panel “Futures of Electronic Literature” at the 2012 Electronic Literature Organization Conference. Electronic Book Review.

Rebooking the Mix.” Guest Post, Remixthebook.com, April 2012.

“The Upright Script: Words in Space and on the Page.” Journal of Electronic Publishing, special issue, Digital Poetry (2011).

“Transverting the Bestiary: Translating Paul Braffort’s Mes Hypertropes.” With Gabriela Jauregui. Aufgabe 10 (2011): 262-265.

“‘There Have Been Pictures Here’: Spirit Photography and Projective Mediumship in H.D.’s Tribute to Freud.” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 10.2 (2010), special issue, H.D. and the Archaeology of Religion: 65-82.

“‘Ma belle machine à écrire:’ Poet and Typewriter in the work of Blaise Cendrars.” Writing Technologies 2.1 (2008): n. pag. (24 pages).

Reviews

“Andrew Zawacki’s VideotapeLana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 7 (2014).

“Latasha N. Nevada Diggs’ TWeRK.” The Poetry Project Newsletter (Fall, 2013).

“‘A Single Hurt Color’: K.S. Ernst’s Arrangements.” Evening Will Come [special issue: Women Look at Vispo, ed. Nico Vassilakis], August 2013.

“Terri Witek’s Exit Island.” Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 6 (2013).

“Up Against the Line: Translating the Silent Image. Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy’s Fortino Sámano, trans. Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais.” American Letters & Commentary 24 (2013).

“Derek Beaulieu’s Fractal Economies.” Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 5 (2012). [Reprinted in Galatea Resurrects #20]

“Erica Baum, Dog Ear.” Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 4 (2011). [Reprinted in Galatea Resurrects #20]

“Robyn Schiff’s Revolver.” Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 2 (2009): 295-296. [Reprinted in Galatea Resurrects #20]

“Deborah M. Mix, A Vocabulary of Thinking: Gertrude Stein and Contemporary North American Women’s Innovative Writing.” Women’s Studies, 37:6 (2008): 750-754.

Twist of Address by Spencer Selby.” Slope 25 (2008): n. pag. (4 pages).