by Johannes Goransson on Aug.22, 2012
[Got this email today from Birds LLC:]
We’re crazy excited to announce our next two titles, Rise in the Fall, by Ana Božičević (Fall 2012), and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather, by Sampson Starkweather (Winter 2013).
A few words about these amazing books, as well as videos of Ana and Sampson reading from their work:
Ana Božičević is both a poet’s poet and the people’s poet. Rise in the Fall, her second full-length collection, is a revolutionary book and an ars poetica for the polis in which she excludes nothing. Navigating literary history, gender, sexuality, economics, family and friends, she is at ease employing both the universal political statement and the lyric “I”. A Croatian émigré, Božičević approaches the English language with a playful objectivity, bouncing back and forth from the conversational to the grand: “This is the whitest shit / I’ve ever written” she notes in her half-myth “About Nietzsche.” Her critique of our time and place is at once empathetic and crude, tender and grotesque. Lucky for us, “beauty [wins] in all its casual terror and pain.”
Written over ten years, The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather is surreal but always grounded in the life of the poet. Comprised of experimental translations, emails, dreams, spells, prose, advice, and mythologies (among other things), these poems transform and steal from literary history, current events, technology, and the world. Just as Starkweather questions what makes a poem, his first book completely questions and reinterprets what a first book—or any book—of poems can be.