"I think Marcel Broodthaers made a big mistake . . ." In keeping with the now classic, The Seven Reviews of Monkeys and Shit and 77 Testicular Imprints, artist Nicolás Guagnini's Complete Poetry is a pointed provocation. The book collects for the first time in print Guagnini's poetic output from the past 7 years, which maintains a strict economy of scale as well as quantity. The individual pieces are taut and concentrated, deliberately creating multi-layered textual conundrums that become rich in beauty and steeped in pathos. Guagnini has chosen English as the ubiquitous vehicle to deliver his oppositional vision and empower the reader with fresh possibilities derived from the act of poetry itself, creating previously unthought-of poetic forms that make the Haiku seem excessive and baroque. The book is prefaced by a raucous analytical introduction in piercing, precise prose by fellow artist Merlin Carpenter. The hardcover edition is signed by the artist.
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