Why the Assembly Disbanded (artist’s book)

These poems rise up from the underground and into surreal dreamscapes of the uncanny solitude present in history. They take on forms of an ethereal “middle landscape not of this earth” and make new horizons beyond the dystopic sightlines allowed to us. The music in these poems marshals the intractable excess of sensuality and reciprocal care with the works of artists and writers such as Betye Saar, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Connie Samaras, and Amiri Baraka in communal observation of the antagonisms we face. This is an offering that looks back to celebrate the survivals, while simultaneously igniting a common assemblage for embrace in the future.

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