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twelve aphorisms.

12 leaflets by Charles Bernstein, Christian Bök, Teresa Carmody, Craig Dworkin, Daniel Levin Becker, Nick Montfort, George Murray, Vanessa Place, Danny Snelson, Moez Surani, Hugo Vernier (as selected by derek beaulieu), Ludwig Wittgenstein (as selected by Marjorie Perloff).

Limited edition of 40 copies, distributed exclusively at Miss Read 2017, Berlin, Germany.

FullSizeRenderOnce again, December brings an opportunity to reflect upon the year’s publications. Like previous years, my “most engaging books” list is idiosyncratic and reflects what i found most fascinating / useful / generative. Seek out these volumes, every one will reward the search. Your local, independent, bookstore can help…. This is the cream of the crop for 2015, seriously:

  • Allemann, Urs. (trans. Patrick Greaney). The Old Man and the Bench. (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Bök, Christian. The Xenotext (Book 1). (Coach House Books)
  • Brossard, Nicole. (trans. Angela Carr). Ardour. (Coach House Books)
  • Cage, John. Diary: How to Improve the world (You will only make matters worse). (Siglio)
  • Carmody, Teresa and Vanessa Place. Maison Femme: a fiction. (Bon Aire Projects)
  • Cobbing, William and Rosie Cooper, eds. Boooook: The Life and Work of Bob Cobbing. (Occasional papers)
  • Dworkin, Craig. Alkali. (Counterpath)
  • Garréta, Anne. (trans. Emma Ramadan). Sphinx. (Deep Vellum)
  • Goldsmith, Kenneth. Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century. (Verso)
  • Goldsmith, Kenneth. Theory / Théorie. (Jean Boîte Éditions)
  • Reznikoff, Charles. Testimony: The United States (1885-1915): Recitative. (finally reprinted from the 1978 edition by Black Sparrow)
  • Sousanis, Nick. Unflattening. (Harvard UP)
  • Levé, Edouard. (trans. Jan Steyn & Caite Dolan-Leach). Newspaper. (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Waeckerlé, Emmanuelle. Reading (Story of) O. (Uniformbooks)
  • Worth, Liz. No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol. (Bookthug)

Last December I posted my “most engaging books of 2010” list with 13 books of poetry, 2 of fiction, 2 of theory and 2 collecteds … this year the field consisted of a vastly different array of “most engaging” books. This is the cream of the crop for 2011:


Baum, Erica. Dog Ear. Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling, 2011.

Bergvall, Caroline. Meddle English. New York: Nightboat, 2011.

Dworkin, Craig. Motes. New York: Roof Books, 2011.

Fitterman, Robert. Holocaust Museum. London: Veer, 2011.

Place, Vanessa. Tragodia 2: Statement of the Case and Tragodia 3: Argument. Los Angeles: Blanc Press, 2011.


Bernstein, Charles. Attack of the Difficult Poems. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Brotchie, Alastair. Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life. Cambridge: MIT, 2011.

Dworkin, Craig and Kenneth Goldsmith. Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2011.

Gammel, Irene and Suzanne Zelazo, eds. Body Sweats: The Uncensored writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Cambridge: MIT, 2011.

Goldsmith, Kenneth. Uncreative Writing. New York: Columbia UP, 2011.

Norddahl, Eirikur Orn. Booby, be Quiet! Helsinki: poesia, 2011.

RE-ISSUES (each of which are finally back in print this year)

McCaffery, Steve. Panopticon. Toronto: Bookthug, 2011.

Moure, Erin. Pillage Laud. Toronto: Bookthug, 2011.

Porter, Bern. Found Poems. New York: Nightboat, 2011.

Rinne, Cia. Zaroum. Reims: le clou dans le fer, 2011.

Robertson, Lisa. Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office of Soft Architecture. Toronto: Coach House, 2011.