Wound Building: Essays from Contemporary UK Poetry

FORTHCOMING Spring 2021

Wound Building is a volume of essays on contemporary UK political poetry, with a number of digressive interludes on related work from the US, China, and elsewhere. It is a kind of front-line report on the rapid development of this poetry in the period between 2015 and 2020, with a particular focus on the changing[…]

Li Bo Unkempt

FORTHCOMING Fall 2020

This is Li Bo. You may also know him as Li Po 李白 (701–62), the great poet of Tang China, master of swoop and soar, wanderer, man of wine, so enamored of the moon that he tried to embrace her reflection in the river, fell from his boat and drowned. Favorite of the Emperor—but only[…]

The Goths & Other Stories

Published: 07/09/2020

In the winter of 476 A.D. the Ostrogoths, hungry and exhausted from wandering for months along the barren confines of the Byzantine Empire, wrote to Emperor Zeno in Constantinople requesting permission to enter the walled city of Epidaurum and just kinda crash and charge their phones. Closer to home, Orpheus walks Eurydice through a suburban[…]

The Book / Or / The Woods

FORTHCOMING Summer 2020

Here is The Book / Or / The Woods, an epic song cycle that devours itself on repeat, taking cover in its own flames. We think epic in the sense of bpNichol writing Martyrology, Jabès with his books of books, Rosmarie Waldrop’s Curves to the Apple, Keith Waldrop’s Transcendental Studies, Harryette Mullen’s Recyclopedia, Craig Santos[…]

A Nuclear Refrain: Emotion, Empire, and the Democratic Potential of Protest

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Published: 12/19/2019

A Nuclear Refrain is a spatial fiction, and miniature chapbook (measuring 4 X 6 inches), that critiques the policy of nuclear deterrence, the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction, and the UK’s decision to replace its Vanguard submarines, the so-called Trident replacement. We challenge that decision via extending our geographical imaginations into the past, present, and[…]

Imperial Physique

Published: 11/19/2019

In 2008,  JH Phrydas wrote a story about how bodies talk without words. He wanted the story to not just describe the silent ritual of nonverbal communication but to perform it. The interaction would be visceral – the exchange melancholic, yet full of lust. He wanted words to retain the unsayable: the subtle movements of[…]

How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound

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Published: 07/18/2019

What do we do when we read? Reading can be an act of consumption or an act of creation. Our “work reading” overlaps with our “pleasure reading,” and yet these two modes of reading engage with different parts of the self. It is sometimes passive, sometimes active, and can even be an embodied form. The[…]