Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Things I've written:

[Several people who have been reading this blog missed that I am a writer, so I thought I would post some links to various books and other pieces I've written. I thought this would be quick and easy but it's turning into something quite time-consuming, so I think I'll go back and fill in material as I go along.]

Dear Ra
(I wrote this novel in 2000-2001, while moving from Iowa City to Seattle to New York, in the process becoming totally financially broke and personally exhausted. There's also quite a bit of despair about the election of Bush as president. It was published in 2008 by Starcherone, after having been selected by Carol Maso as the runner-up in the now-famous Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason. I noticed somebody complaining about the title. For me it was meant to evoke "Dear Abbey" or some kind of corny teenage thing. But my biggest influence was these letters that an exgirlfriend had collected from working at a magazine published by Hearst, letters insane people would write to Hearst - often addressed to Randolph Hearst. That and the letters of Serial Killers, such as the Zodiac etc. I was really interested in serial killers back then.)

Double Room
In Typo Magazine
In Octopus Magazine
In Posse

Blake Butler
Katie Toussaint, Verse


A New Quarantine Will Take My Place:
(This book includes poems I wrote way back in my MFA days in the late 90s, but mostly it's stuff I wrote in the first few weeks of being in Athens, GA, where I went to get my PhD, or I went because I was working in an exhaustive job as a landscaper and needed to get back to reading and writing. That was in 2003.)

"Pig Circus" in Apocryphal Text
"Retina, Ignite," Octopus

Sean Kilpatrick, Jacket
Nathan Thompson, Stride Magazine
Ross Brighton


(This was a pretty vast and un-finishable project I worked on for a couple of years, maybe 2004-2006. I decided it's not going to be published. It was inspired by research on Öyvind Fahlström, a Swedish conceptual artist from the 1960s. I love his idea of the "kalas" (party) as opposed to "collage.")
La Petite Zine


(This book was published by Fairytale Review in 2008. It's a story told through translations and re-translations - of birthing manuals, Swedish pop music, Leslie Scalapino and Emily Dickinson poems, fairytales, David Cronenberg movies etc. It's very performance-based; it blends Swedish and English into a kind of awkward language that is supposed to interfere with free and easy performance. That is why paradoxically I don't read this very often at readings. It's tough on the mouth.)

Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Octopus Magazine


Haute Surveillance
(I wrote this novel last year. It hasn't been published.)
Scantily Clad chapbook


Remainland: Selected Poems of Aase Berg (Action Books, 2005)

Ideals Clearance by Henry Parland (Ugly Duckling, 2008)

With Deer by Aase Berg (Black Ocean, 2009)

Gingerbread Monuments by Viktor Johansson and Klara Källström (2009)

Collobert Orbital by Johan Jönson (Displaced Press, 2009)

Dark Matter by Aase Berg (forthcoming, Black Ocean)

Transfer Fat by Aase Berg (forthcoming, Ugly Duckling Presse)



With Blake Butler, Htmlgiant



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