24 January 2013



What’s Personal Is Being Here With All of You
, Ari Banias (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012)

You’ve looked at another person that way yourself, with nothing

but hunger ticking in your throat.

Darkness, Yedda Morrison (Make Now Press, 2011)

black bank of clouds, tran-

quil waterway

earth flow overcast sky—

immense darkness.

Thread, Michael Palmer (New Directions, 2011)

The moth, Robin,

we’ve both learned

at different times

from its motion, a

quantum of nothing

could we say,

dusk to dark morning

before full day,

a battering of wings,

night notes sounding

beyond our extinction

Apocalypso, Evelyn Reilly (Roof Books, 2012)

For we have stepped into the sacred areas

and wept over our waste procedures

which is will have been being our transcendence

Selected Poems of Gennady Aygi, translated by Sarah Valentine (Wave Books, 2011)

like snow the Lord is all there is

when all there is is snow

when the soul is all there is

the snows the soul and light

but still just this

that there are those

like death is all there is


Redstart: An Ecological Poetics, Forrest Gander and John Kinsella (University of Iowa Press, 2012)

Calaveras 2, edited by Alisa Heinzman and Sara Mumolo (2012)

After Urgency, Rusty Morrison (Tupelo Press, 2012)

Mercury, Ariana Reines (Fence, 2011)

Tout va bien, Suzanne Stein (Displaced Press, 2012)


Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon (Harper, 2012)


Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century, Harald Welzer (Polity Press, 2012)


Aesthetic Theory, Theodor Adorno, translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor (University of Minnesota Press, 1998)—which I finally sat down and read in its entirety this past year

"If artworks are alive in history by virtue of their own processual character, they are also able to perish in it…Ultimately their development is the same as their process of collapse."

and later

"if finished [art]works only become what they are because their being is a process of becoming, they are in turn dependent on forms in which their process crystallizes: interpretation, commentary, and critique…[these] are forms in their own right."

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, Tiqqun, translated by Ariana Reines (semiotext(e), 2012)

"The sense of the self as MEAT, as the heap of an organ variously filled with ovaries or flanked by balls, is the basis from which emerge the aspiration and finally the failure of the Young-Girl to give herself form… This feeling…[is] what market domination must perpetuate at all cost, and which it constantly produces by rendering all bodies equivalent, by degenerating forms-of-life…The loss of contact with the self, the crushing of all intimacy with the self, which makes the sense of self meat—these form the condition sine qua non for readopting the techniques of the self that the Empire offers for consumption."


The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath, Giorgio Agamben, translated by Adam Kotsko (Meridian, 2010)

Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy, Roberto Esposito, translated by Timothy Campbell (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)


"A break in address is itself a mode of address… What is called forth in the resources of the lyric, in the non-assurance of [lyric] address? [What is] the particular charge this has for lyric?"

Myung Mi Kim, Oppen Memorial Lecture, Dec. 15, 2012, San Francisco

"Space abolishes time in postmodernity… Spatial dialectics is where dialectics must go next."

Fredric Jameson, “The Aesthetics of Singularity: Time and Event in Postmodernity,” May 7, 2012, Mainz, Germany

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