Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Book of Interfering Bodies” as Want to Read:
The Book of Interfering Bodies
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Book of Interfering Bodies

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 end ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Nightboat Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Book of Interfering Bodies, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Book of Interfering Bodies

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 89)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Janice Lee
Apr 20, 2011 Janice Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Gabriel Oak
Dec 09, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it really liked it
Borzutzky's poems traffic in the grotesque, and are characterized above all by rage and disgust at what the poet perceives as the horrors of neoliberalism, the modern security state, poverty, and apathy. Most of the poems unfold as prose, in complete sentences that build on one another through repetition and accretion. They are often self-reflexive, as in the series of poems describing "books": "The Book of Echoes," "The Book of Flesh," and of course "The Book of Interfering Bodies." These poems ...more
Roz Ito
Dec 07, 2011 Roz Ito rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
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
Oct 22, 2012 Jim Elkins rated it it was ok
Shelves: american
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
Jeffrey
Nov 02, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
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
Cal40
Dec 06, 2011 Cal40 rated it it was amazing
amazing
Steven Hendricks
Steven Hendricks rated it it was amazing
Jan 18, 2016
Jerrod
Jerrod marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2016
Amanda
Amanda marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Michael Lundie
Michael Lundie marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2015
Andrew
Andrew marked it as to-read
Nov 28, 2015
Madeline
Madeline rated it it was amazing
Nov 22, 2015
Drew
Drew marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2015
Sophia
Sophia added it
Sep 10, 2015
Ellie
Ellie marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2015
Pedro
Pedro marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2015
Chris
Chris rated it liked it
Jul 04, 2015
Maddy Hughes
Maddy Hughes marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2015
arthur
arthur marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2015
Charlie
Charlie rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2015
Jennifer
Jennifer marked it as to-read
May 04, 2015
Brooke
Brooke marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Katie
Katie marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
⊥
rated it liked it
Dec 26, 2015
John Keene
John Keene rated it it was amazing
Nov 16, 2014
Peter Fuller
Peter Fuller marked it as to-read
Nov 11, 2014
Cristina
Cristina marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book