Subito Press (November 2014)
Project website: as-we-know.com
A collaboration with Andy Fitch
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 Fitchâ€™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 Barthesâ€™ call for a â€œcorrected banality,â€ this project presents the most unmediated-seeming idiomâ€”the diurnal, journalistic recordâ€”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 Barthesâ€™ own elided memoirs, the resulting work calls into question exactly who we are and what we know.
Selections from the book have appeared inÂ Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn, 2014), 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 Review,Â Court Green, Sierra Nevada Review, andÂ Pageboy.
A series of experimental videos extending the project have been screened at international festivals including Vancouver, Novi Sad, Dorset, and Athens.
In collaboration, two become oneâ€”but the process isn’t always easy. Who speaks and who is silenced? In “June 17th” two figures attempt to tell one story, in the process raising questions about how we narrate and construct our lives, who we are, and what we know.
- Audio of “Whacky Day” in Sonic Materialities issue of Textsound, edited by Michael Nardone.
- Video of “April 30th” atÂ PoetrySeen.
- Video of “April 30th” and “June 17th” at Huffington Post.
- AudioÂ recordings of several entries are available at our site.
- Audio of our SegueÂ reading is available on Pennsound.
- Video of our Evergreen State College Art Lecture.
- Video from our FREQUENCY reading (by Amish Trivedi).
- Radio Free AlbionÂ interview with Tony Trigilio, Episode #27, June 2015.
- Cross Cultural PoeticsÂ interview with Leonard Schwartz, Episode #318, January 2015.
- “May 25-27,” Woodland Pattern (2015).
- “June 17-19,” Barzakh (April 2014)
- “May 29-31,”Â Comma, poetryÂ (2014).
- “May 18-21,”Â Matter (May 2013).
- “May 6-May 14,”Â Evening Will ComeÂ (April 2013, Erasure Issue).
- “April 30-May 5,” Dusie 14 (Spring, 2013).
- Amanda Ngoho Reavey. “As We Know.”Â Galatea Resurrects #24 (May, 2015).
- Gina Myers. â€œBlurred Lines: As We Know by Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch.â€Â FanzineÂ (March, 2015).
- Bill Carty. â€œErasure, Deception and â€˜Correctingâ€™ the Banal.â€ Seattle City Arts (March, 2015).
- Seth Abramson. â€œNew Book Erases the Boundary Between Poetry and Nonfiction.â€Â Huffington Post (January, 2015).
- “As We Know.”Publishers Weekly (December, 2014).
- Bryce Bullins. “As We Know.”Â Sierra Nevada ReviewÂ (April, 2014).
- Amanda Ngoho Reavey shares part of the lovely introduction she gave us when we performed in Milwaukee in December at her website, Space Inside Borderline.
Andy and Amaranth at The Evergreen State College Artist Lecture Series, January 21, 2015.
Andy and Amaranth at F R E Q U E N C Y, 186 Carpenter, Providence, RI, April, 2015
Video by Amish Trivedi