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Beginning with an epigraph from the 9/11 Commission Report, The Book of Interfering Bodies re-imagines the poet as bureaucrat, barbaric writer, and terrorist. In this book, poems that invoke the role of the writer in society alternate with apocalyptic prose pieces that recall Borges' "Library of Babel." In the process, Borzutzky creates a 21st century response to our most...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Nightboat Books
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Janice Lee
Fierce, visceral. Horror as normalized. Intensely beautiful.

"And towards the end of the book, where the flesh from the man's back twists into birds and stars and butterflies and faces with thick lips and empty eyes, there is a story that flesh readers call memory: here the flesh words tell of a man who falls out of an airplane, and when his bones splatter each shard of bone forms a country, and in each country there are men who have been destroyed but who have now been reconstructed as walking p...more
Roz Ito
This book of poetry contains sublimely grotesque and darkly comic images, as well as a sardonic, internationalist understanding of the absurd. It makes jabs at bureaucratic systems and the sanctity of Poetry, which take form variously as a miniscule hermaphrodite terrorist poet, a State-sponsored anti-poet, groveling readers stuck inside the pages of a “FALSE CARCASS ECONOMY,” and lust-addled zombies who come to desire & depend on the very tortures inflicted by the “Bureaucratic Love Prevent...more
Jim Elkins
A book of alternating poems and prose. The prose pieces, usually one or two pages long, have titles reminiscent of Calvino or Jabès: "The Book of Forgotten Bodies," "The Book of Broken Bodies," "The Book of Echoes." It isn't clear why the two alternate, because the poems and the prose share a voice that is alternately disaffected, violent, academic, existential, disconsolate, ironic, surreal, activist, and conceptual. It's the strange alternation of voices--mirrored by the alternation of prose a...more
The book of Interfering Bodies is not everyone's cup of tea. Some will be fierce in their condemnation as they attempt to cling to the rational, linear mind.
But make no mistake. For those willing to enter its wormhole, The Book of Interfering Bodies will, like the worm itself, either through that legendary intoxicant from the bottom of a tequila bottle, or even a simple earthworm shitting out precious soil, take the reader on an exhilarating journey.
In the Book of Holes Borzutzky says, "Here the...more
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