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Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania, and emigrated to the United States in 1966. A longtime commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, he is the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Books & Ideas and the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, including The Disappearance of the Outside: a Manifesto for Escape.

For Bill Berkson

Asked to write about a beloved work of art is excruciating, like a red-hot iron sizzling on the small of a young woman's back one late August night in a pop-up branding-and-crucifixion rave I attended a decade ago in New Orleans.

Write As If You’re Dead

This is a bad time to talk about “disappearance.” There are too many kinds. The abrupt disappearance of a father, mother, or child, killed for no good reason by a stranger is painful beyond language. Also beyond language, but less vividly remembered, is the disappearance of your family, kin, and tribe.


Andrei Codrescu would like you to read his new poetry book, The Art of Forgetting, and his recent book Whatever Gets You Through the Night: a Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments. 


Andrei Codrescu’s ( recent books are No Time Like Now: New Poems (Pitt Poetry), The Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn (Princeton University Press), and his translations of Lucian Blaga, In Praise of Sleep (Black Widow Press). He lives in Brooklyn.

visual notes on the constitution

Andrei Codrescu ( is looking for an agent, a patron, a venture capitalist and a scribe. His favorite recent books are Whatever Gets You Through The Night: A Story of Sheherezade (Princeton University Press, 2010), The Postman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (Princeton University Press, 2009), and So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2012).


Andrei Codrescu is exorcising CoVid in Queens near Corona Park. He is the winner of the Ovid Prize and wrote No Time Like Now: New Poems.


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