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10 July 2008

New from Palm Press

Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space
Jules Boykoff and Kaia Sand
128 pages, trade paperback
Palm Press, 2008
ISBN 9780978926243

"Imagine — and witness — public space that is produced by us. In Landscapes of Dissent, Sand and Boykoff remind us that there is a long history and ripe presence of intersections between poetry and politics. Don Mitchell is quoted in these pages as saying that public space is “decisive.” In an age in which alienation is among our most prevalent health hazards, Landscapes of Dissent demonstrates that poetry may be newly, again, good for you. This book is a gift. Take the power." —Carol Mirakove

"Landscapes of Dissent is a prolegomenon toward a new topoiesis--the creation of a new topos, a new place. This book brings forth not only the discussion of several practices of disensual use of consensual ("public") space, but also gives away ideas & insights about what takes place thanks to a poetry that makes space in a polis made diapolis. Reading this book I found myself feeling an unknown political emotion that prompts my passive reader to become a reader ready to engage (again) the streets--energized by this discussion in which writing is hope & hope is action. Make it public!" —Heriberto Yepez

"This timely book pushes poetry more firmly into public space at a vibrant historical moment when both the public potential of poetry & the possibilities of public space are being refigured. In Landscapes of Dissent, Boykoff and Sand engage a crucial shift in the relationship of poetry & public space: they do not merely insert poetry into an existing public sphere imagined as a platform, but rather that show us how both poetry & public space take on alternative forms of publicness. These acts of publicness join other creative reclamations to assert politics in a space the neoliberalism frames as seamless & accessible—& therefore post-political. Landscapes of Dissent is expansive & sharp—an important book of political-aesthetic scholarship." —Jeff Derksen