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Andrei Monastyrski’s Elementary Poetry

This anthology assembles the poetic compositions of the poet and performer scarcely known in this country, but influential in Russia since the days of the Soviet Union. Monastyrski’s poems call for action, and by their very nature draw attention to the activity of reading.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s wild wild Wild West / Haunting of the Seahorse

While these two attached books tell very different stories, the first about the death of the artist’s grandmother and the other a science fiction tale of a family living on a space station, both grapple with grief, love, and the haunting nature of bodies.

Moyra Davey’s Index Cards

The collection and publication of Davey’s essays in an affordable paperback marks a new period in the life of these works, available for a different kind of circulation and a different form of readerly engagement appropriate to Davey’s work, which is full of books.

Lisa Hanawalt’s
I Want You

An anthology of the author’s alternative comics years in the late 2000s and early 2010s, reprinted at the tail end of her popular animated show BoJack Horseman, is a gleeful but melancholy diary of a time in life best forgotten.

Hundertwasser For Future

An impressive sampling of painter, architect, ecological activist, and sometimes-philosopher. Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s manifestos, speeches, and writings, published in English for the very first time, alongside some of his paintings and designs from his long and varied career.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2020

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