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Amling, Eric

ISBN 10: 0991429834 / ISBN 13: 9780991429837
Published by Birds, LLC, 2015
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Title: From the Author's Private Collection

Publisher: Birds, LLC

Publication Date: 2015

Book Condition:Good

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Poetry. Art. "'I'm dressed like a Jamestown cannibal / In a city of mistake babies with e-cash,' writes Amling in an astute and challenging debut collection that's both deeply poignant and darkly humorous. Like a deadpan oracle or font of offbeat wisdom you didn't know you needed to know, Amling acts as a guide through the ersatz Epicureanism of contemporary America, where 'freedom still remains monetary.' He opens with a brief series of poems that are composed of cuts and outtakes—'Like a polygraph of a satellite'—that serves as a junkyard ars poetica. A visual artist adept in the medium of collage, he expresses these poems as social critique delivered through a signal scrambler. But his critique often extends to the practice of making art itself: 'I know many people living lives of artistic practice / that cannot take care of themselves, / and not out of paraplegic circumstance. // Art has not refined them.' Reading through 'Ill Estates,' 'Rare and Special Interests,' and 'Liquid Assets,' one encounters characteristically playful statements such as 'It is not so hard / To accept meaninglessness / Acceptance is very meaningful.' Amling has designed a gallery installation of poetry that one returns to for the pleasure of its unsolvable mysteries, 'A collection of space / That I curate / Where I forgive myself.'"—Publishers Weekly

"'Poetry, like cat urine, can ruin the integrity of a room,' writes Eric Amling, but 'it can also be a stealthy dominatrix.' It is and does both in these startled, subversive poems, which churn up a disordered glee. But it's reassuring to know that 'All of these works will be filed in a custom matrix / Approved by third-tier analysts / In a hall of dueling national anthems.'"—John Ashbery

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Eric Amling (b. 1981, Brooklyn NY) lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited in cities throughout the United States. This is his debut collection.

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