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By Aja Couchois Duncan “In Vestigial, I am exploring evolution, biomedicine, gender, lust, climate change and loneliness through characters that inhabit multiple places in time. In this way, I am seeking to thread past, present and alternative futures in an effort to understand our current circumstances and envision their likely consequences...”
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Hocine Tandjaoui

Born in 1949 in Algeria, Hocine Tandjaoui did not go to war, but war came to him, in the singular experience of a country’s transformation from colonial rule to a sovereign nation dominated by dictators… Litmus Press will publish Tandjaoui’s semi-autobiographical text, Clamor, translated by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio, in April 2021.
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Featured Book Bundle

Sight & Hearing: Two Collaborations by Lyn Hejinian & Leslie Scalapino

This bundle includes two poetry collaborations on the human senses by Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino: Sight (Edge Books, 1999) Hearing (Litmus Press, 2021)
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New & Noteworthy

By Lyn Hejinian, Leslie Scalapino
The Arab Apocalypse
By Etel Adnan
By Joan Retallack

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Posted February 10, 2021

Experimental Writing and Beyond — Joan Retallack Interviewed at Place

The following is an excerpt from Jan Baetens' interview with Joan Retallack, "Experimental Writing and Beyond An interview with Joan Retallack," in the January 2021 issue of Place magazine. Baetens:  ...[Y]ou repeatedly draw attention to a certain analogy between scientific experimentation and poetic writing. The scope of this analogy seems ...

Posted December 09, 2020

BOSCH'D - A Dialogue in the Swamp w/ Retallack, Moten, de la Torre, and Gander

Joan Retallack’s poetry collection, BOSCH’D—fables, moral tales & other awkward constructions, reminds us of the beauty that can be found when relinquishing what we can’t control and of the rejuvenation that comes from realizing the possibility of our own actions. My journey through the ...

Posted November 23, 2020

COVID Reading: States of Confinement in Danielle Collobert’s It Then

With the last gasp of summer behind us, the outlook for winter 2021 is grim. As COVID cases surge, states are imposing new restrictions on interactions in public and private spaces. The isolation necessitated by the virus was difficult enough during the first wave; now, after having experienced ...

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