Kathy Acker





Kathy Acker

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born
in New York, The United States
April 18, 1947

died
November 30, 1997

gender
female

genre

influences
Black Mountain School, William S. Burroughs, David Antin, French criti...more


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Born of German-Jewish stock, Kathy Acker was brought up by her mother and stepfather (her natural father left her mother before Kathy was born) in a prosperous district of NY. At 18, she left home and worked as a stripper. Her involvement in the sex industry helped to make her a hit on the NY art scene, and she was photographed by the newly fashionable Robert Mapplethorpe. Preferring to be known simply as 'Acker' (the name she took from her first husband Robert, and which she continued to use even after a short-lived second marriage to composer Peter Gordon), she moved to London in the mid-eighties and stayed in Britain for five years.
Acker's writing is as difficult to classify into any particular genre as she herself was. She writes fluidl...more


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“Dreams are manifestations of identities.”
Kathy Acker, Pussy, King of the Pirates

“Death is another bar which lies several steps below the normal world. I'm at its threshold, but not yet in it. Its doorway is doorless.”
Kathy Acker, Pussy, King of the Pirates
tags: death

“If you ask me what I want, I'll tell you. I want everything.”
Kathy Acker, Pussy, King of the Pirates

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