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Dark Pool Party

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Dark Pool Party is a wide-ranging collection of artist Hannah Blacks essays, personal texts, and video/performance scripts. Blacks work reassembles autobiographical fragments to think about the relationship between bodies, labor, and affect. Drawing on feminist, communist, and black radical theory she explores sex, ambivalence, departures, history, and violence with ...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published 2016 by Dominica/Arcadia Missa
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Jacob Wren
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah Black writes:

From Los Angeles I write, Perhaps getting to know a person is like getting to know a city. The plate glass windows of downtown, the way you are with your friends; the dull suburbs of a half-hidden unhappiness. On the East Coast Im an animal and on the West Coast by a miracle I am changing back into a woman. But what kind of woman? At night Ive found a wall inside myself and I try to describe it. I cant stop crying! I hate myself! Im a real girl! The wall inside is stone, it
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i gave this 3 stars but i still really enjoyed it, flippancy feels inadequate to me rn so this work didnt land as it might have. everything felt tweetable, which i admired.

"I wanted to say that hating yourself for hating yourself was femme, but anyone can do it"

"It would be easier to be a poet than a person but poetry is bacterial and not categorical."

"When the antibiotics stop working we will all die more often of love."
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Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sought this little book out because, after two years and a couple dozen rereadings with her essay "The Loves of Others", the thought of never finding something like it became unbearable. Dark Pool Party certainly captures the same voice, but if that essay was a sort of life/pep-talk from your hip, critical-theory-studying aunt, this is something altogether stranger (but just as heartbreaking in places).

I don't know what to call this other than "post-genre". If that repels people with the
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I don't understand everything I read
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