The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits

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ADVANCE PRAISE for The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits

“A strange romance of ‘the secret motions of things’ (Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis, 1627),The Bugging Watch and Other Exhibits is an exciting, mysterious, sometimes macabre new  narrative. Her zany futuristic gothic opera of prose poems is threaded with magic, potions, passion, a ‘concert of hair,’ a ‘hazmat of holes.’ With its incantations of quantum teleology, its footnotes & sources, it is a magnificent work. Irresistible!”  —Norma Cole

“A luminous and perverse fairy-tale to be read at the beginning of the day, preferably in that ‘chilly blue hour before 4 a.m.’  Complete with footnotes, diagrams and an ‘unspeakable private crevice,’ these prose ‘exhibits’ display a prebiotic potential.  What was ‘not quite alive,’ becomes, in this swift, dark telling, ‘hot anyway,’ ‘enchantment created inside everything,’ and sometimes: ‘a poem about bugs.’  Angels, lab technicians from the suburbs of Denver, men in ratty satin capes and artisans of all kinds populate this stunning and strange narrative, which is not a narrative: it is a ‘growing hole.’  Enacting the desire and curiosity the book prompts, a reader might peer in, fall for a long time, then ‘miraculously return.’  I repeat: do not read this book at night.  Don’t fall asleep. If you do, I can’t — the book can’t — account for your new dreams.”— Bhanu Kapil

“This small unsettling book first proposes a stiflingly sweet symbiosis between two shut-in innamorati, and then lets its queer world subdivide in a theater of exfoliating roles. Most shocking in this miniature is the Rosebud at its center, a muse who breaks with her mate only to reinvent him out of bugs, ink and sugarwater.  Like a Victorian photo collage mounting, say, the head of Prince Albert on a croquet mallet or umbrella handle, this seemingly innocuous work both conceals and reveals its morbidity, its twisted thirsts.” — Joyelle McSweeney

“I kept thinking: Catacomb Valentine. Sometimes we forget that ancient catacombs were mapped, negotiated–which is to say: read–by the placement of the graves of paupers. The tunnel diggers constellated this grammar so they would know how to navigate and create within lush darkness. The Bugging Watch and Other Exhibits, in its way, deeply reminds. The network of tunnels–between lives, between being (blink) and not being (blink)–and all so papered with valentines, the sort cut from thick, mealy colored childhood stock. Here is language as enchantment.”—Selah Saterstrom

REVIEWS of The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits

“Nothing is comfortable about this book, and even when it gets scary or weird or creepy, you’ll still want to watch.” — Jai Arun Ravine at Lantern Review

“Strongly reminiscent of the short films of the Brothers Quay.” — Dan Magers at Sink Review.

“An opiate trip sponsored by Lewis Carroll.” — Jeremy Benson at New Pages Book Reviews.

“A near-mythical place of folkloric invention.” — Benjamin Gottlieb at Art + Culture.

“Fascinating, unsettling literary oddity.” — Kristine Ong Muslim at Prick of the Spindle.

“A dark, animated love story.” — Ryan Eckes at PhillySound.

“. . .Klingons.” — Rauan Klassnik at Black Ocean.

“Unflinching, visceral in its investigation into dynamics of relationships.” — Joe Hall at Black Ocean.

“Heart-wrenching tennis-court addition.” — Mickey Hess at The Rumpus.

Best Poetry List — Liz Hildreth at No Tell Motel.

Best Poetry List — Steven Karl at No Tell Motel.


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