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atboalgfpopasasbifl Irritations, Excrement & Wipes by Jared Schickling Now Available!

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For the first nine months it’s like watching an approaching storm on a black and white TV. And when the static clouds, thumps and clicks turn warm and writhing in your arms, you’re already in the teeth of it and it’s only just begun. In two parts, Jared’s work here records and enacts the terror of the expectant parent as well as the exhausted idiocy of he who is led around by the ankle. Jared’s book doesn’t list the so many things that can go wrong with the building storm inside her (though it does), but instead presents the reader with the bizarre eros of gestation and the old weirdness of not knowing what or how it will come. The family triangle becomes the prism by which one’s sense of self is shattered, and the second part of the book offers a schizophrenic spectrum of voices that the tired hand, ear and eye record. If having a child is to enter into a permanent relationship with a stranger, this is it. “The dream of the person telling the story is in his parents’ house, walking up the stairs. His insides will display a series of gestures until he finds his bedroom full of raccoons, who will in the final twist be babies.” No place is safe; the storm never breaks; nothing is cute except as a side-effect of this strange and serious work. My two boys, both under two, are asleep upstairs right now. In its two parts, Jared’s work reminds me, as hard as it is to be us, it’s so hard to be them.

—Andrew Rippeon, author of Priests + Flights

Jared Schickling’s latest collection—comprised of hybrid genre prose, footnotes, erasures, and struck-through lines of verse—engages compelling questions about the relationship between literary criticism and artistic practice: Is it possible for creative and critical discourses to coexist within the same rhetorical space? Can the literary arts facilitate unique—and even revolutionary—contributions to theoretical conversations? To what extent is every poem an act of deconstruction, a revision of the writing that came before one’s own? As Schickling explores possible answers to these questions, his most subtle stylistic choices illuminate, and often complicate, the content of the work. His use of found language, annotations, and visible excisions of text illustrate beautifully the ways in which all writing arises from one’s life as a reader. This is a smart, thought-provoking book by a truly gifted poet.

—Kristina Marie Darling, author of Melancholia (An Essay) and Petrarchan

Jared Schickling is the author of several BlazeVOX books, including t&u& lash your nipples to a post history is gorgeous (2011) and The Pink (2012), and of the chapbook Prospectus for a Stage (LRL Textile Series, 2013). A critical work, “The Paranoid Reader: 2006-2012,” is forthcoming (Furniture Press). He is an editor at Delete Press, eccolinguistics, and Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics and Poetry / Literature and Culture. He lives in Lockport, NY.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 154 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-161-0



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Leah Umansky interviewed in the New School Blog



Leah Umansky, poet, writer and curator / host of COUPLET: a poetry and music series (and regular in Patricia Carlin‘s poetry workshop in The New School’s Continuing Education Program) shows us all there is in love and unlove, that Don Draper makes a compelling muse, that we are our own heroines (or heroes, as the case may be), and that we should really, really care about poetry.

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Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block reading  at the Spare Room

Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block reading at the Spare Room


Craig Dworkin & Elizabeth Block

Sunday, November 17
7:30 pm
420 NW 9th
Craig Dworkin is the author, most recently, of Remotes (Little Red Leaves), 
No Medium (MIT Press), The Crystal Text (Compline), Motes (Roof Books), 
and The Perverse Library (Information As Material).  He teaches literary history 
and theory at the University of Utah and serves as Senior Editor to Eclipse.

Elizabeth Block is the author of the award-winning novel, a Gesture Through Time (Spuyten Duyvil). Her writing has appeared in print, audio, on stage, in public art, on public radio, in gallery exhibition, and in film.  Also a filmmaker, her 16mm films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco.  Her new poetry book, Celluloid Salutations(BlazeVOX), will be published in early 2014 in print and on Kindle.

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