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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Antonio Porta, Piercing the Page: Selected Poems: 1958–1989

 

Edited with an introduction by Gian Maria Annovi and an essay by Umberto Eco

Nothing behind the door, behind the curtain,
the fingerprint stuck on the wall, under it,
the car, the window, it stops, behind the curtain,
a wind that shakes it, a more obscure
stain on the black ceiling, a handprint,
he leaned on rising, nothing, pressing,
a silk handkerchief, the lamp swings,
a knot, the light, ink-spot,
on the floor, above the curtain, the scouring pad,
on the floor drops of sweat, rising,
the stain won’t rub out, behind the curtain,
the black silk of the handkerchief, shines on the ceiling,
the hand comes to rest, the fire in the hand,
a silk knot on the armchair, it shines,
wounded, now the blood on the wall,
the handkerchief’s silk waves a hand

 

Antonio Porta, pen name Leo Paolazzi, was born in Vicenza in 1935, but lived in Milan most of his life. In 1960 he published La Palpebra Rovesciata (The Eyelid Inside-Out) and was included in the seminal anthology I Novissimi (among such authors as A. Giuliani, E. Sanguineti, E. Pagliarani and N. Balestrini). One of the most important figures in the literary movement known as the “Neo-Avant-garde,” Porta was among the founders of Gruppo 63 and served on the editorial board of the avant-garde literary magazine Malebolge from 1963 to 1967. It is at this time that he began his experimentations with visual poetry. In addition, he wrote literary criticism for various newspapers and magazines, and taught literature at the Università di Bologna, the Università di Pavia and the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, as well as Yale University. He died of a heart attack in Milan in 1989.

Gian Maria Annovi was born in 1978. He holds a Degree in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of Bologna. He also studied at Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and UCLA. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Columbia University and he is working on a volume about Italian writer, poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gian Maria has published three collections of poetry and several essays and translations in Italian and international journals. He writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845289-5-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-9845289-5-4
  • Price: $14.95
  • Published 2012
  • 368 pages

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