1913 PressÂ (April 2016)
Available through the 1913 publisher’s website.
An artist’s publication, this paperback book contains the same text as the limited-edition artistsâ€™ book and free iOS app, Abra: A Living Text, butÂ it is not simply a remediation of the text. Animating the printed page, the poemâ€™s stanzas meld one into the next, each recycling language from the preceding. Illustrations by visual artist Zach Kleyn grow and mutate like a flip-book, eventually reaching across the gutter to meld with the text. These poems meditate on excess and mutation, and they attempt to enact an uncontrollable text on the surface of the page.Â The foil-stamped cover is based on an image by artist Peregrine Honig, which readers will discover emerging from the bookâ€™s creamy pages.
Selections from Abra can be found in 1913: A Journal of Forms, Spoon River Poetry Review, Bone Bouquet,Â Peep/Show,Â Joyland Poetry, SPECS, Delirious Hem,Â Action Yes,Â Black Warrior Review, Lit,Â Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion,Â VLAK,Â and a special Digital Poetry section of Drunken Boat curated by Jhave.
Abra was also selected forÂ the &Now Awards 3, a volume of experimental writing edited by Megan MilksÂ (Lake Forest College Press / &Now Books, 2015).
- â€œlisping a swooning,â€ and â€œlisping.â€Â 1913: A Journal of Forms. (October, 2013).
- â€œlisping a nipping,â€ â€œnipping,â€ and â€œconcerning nipping.â€ Peep/ShowÂ (2013).
- â€œTinkling,â€ â€œTousling,â€ â€œGrooming,â€ â€œEmbarking,â€ â€œSwooning,â€ and â€œCrystallizing.â€ Action, Yes! (Summer 2010).
- Robert Bolick,Â Bookmarking Book Artâ€”Amaranth Borsuk,Â Books on Books. (2/2017).
- Lisa Flowers, Kate Durbin and Amaranth Borsuk’sÂ Abra, Tarpaulin Sky. (4/2017).
- Fernando Cruz Quintana,Â “Abra: un texto viviente,” La Lengua Viva (4/2017).
- Anne Graue,Â Bone Bouquet, Spring 2013, NewPages (2013). [Issue includes selections from Abra]
- KT Browne,Â Bone Bouquet, Spring 2013,Â ReviewReview (2013).Â [Issue includes selections from Abra]
- Jade Lascelles, “The Insistence of the Page: Material Textuality and the Differential Presentational Forms in the Writing and Collaborations of Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin,”Â Something on Paper 4 (2016).
Are you serious not knowing Poetry Goddesses?Â Prinking their raiments line after amazing line!Â The United States doesnâ€™t need another feckless Poet Laureate stinking up the libraries of the world!Â No!Â The world NEEDS to see the real poets of the United States!Â The goddess poets!Â I worship there because I have sense!Â â€œsong spun with lard and whiting in posy blanketâ€ thatâ€™s what weâ€™re talking about!Â LetÂ ABRA blow the doors open, itâ€™s time to staple it to the wall with Borsuk & Durbin!Â Open the book and let it all be done!
A cell calls to itself, splits: a caul is knit. In the intimacy of the not-self-same is birthed a third thing: a second sight. Just so in the clairvoyant, collaborative between-spaces ( media) of Abraâ€™s triple play. A â€˜rococo glowâ€™, a â€˜sparkle spasmâ€™, a transcriptase strip-tease at once cellular and galactic. Can protein have a fantasy life? Does cancer wish to conquer? Â Is thought just the comfort food our brain cells grant us while pursuing their own ends? The precise articulation of Abra reflects the considerable skill of its human compositors, yet hints at acute, occluded dramas unfolding just beyond human scales.
- “Encroaching Cringelets” Audio at Delirious Hem.