GARMENTS AGAINST WOMEN
Winner of the 2016 Community of Literary Magazines and Presses award in poetry, Maureen McLane described Garments Against Women in The New York Times as "a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself."

According to critic Chris Stroffolino at The Rumpus , "Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women is a deeply intellectual book with purpose; it widens the boundaries of poetry and memoir as we know them."

Boyer's work "faces the material and philosophical problems of writing--and by extension, living--in the contemporary world" (Publisher's Weekly). As Darcie Dennigan wrote at The Boston Review , “Boyer’s is a broad, generous book, for much more than it is against. It is poetry “without the frame of poetry.”

Anna Zalokostas at Fullstop:
“Drifting through thrift stores and garage sales and shopping malls, Garments Against Women registers the low-level alienation and depression that pervade the contemporary affective landscape. It’s the inconspicuous, the intimate, the quotidian forms of violence this book tracks relentlessly — the kind that demand the reproduction of life while simultaneously rendering life impossible. Shifting how we talk about the most common means of suffering, Garments Against Women reconstitutes individual suffering as social. It’s a perspective that interrupts the numbness generated by a grueling system of exploitation by allowing us to see personal problems as structural.In these small fragments of everyday life we get something between theory and memoir, between poetry and newsfeed.”

"Few writers today feel as urgent as Anne Boyer. Who else toils so originally to open a futile door out of a room full of literature leading, impossibly, to a negative space? " writes William Harris at 3 a.m., "Here, in condensed figurative form, is Boyer’s project: the impossible possible revolutionary desire of undermining the smug transparent history of literature through a new literature, “off the books”. She’s given up literature to sew a garment that’s an anti-garment. Her tools? Logic, poetry, a sewing machine, and all of these things’ negations."

Anne Boyer's other works include My Common Heart, a book written in the spring of 2011 about crowds , and The Romance of Happy Workers (2006), a book of lyric poems.

Anne Boyer's current project is The Undying, a memoir about having a body inside of history.

Written during her treatment for highly aggressive cancer and in its disabling aftermath, The Undying is a meditation on pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, space, exhaustion, economics, care, and other materialities-- about "ephemeral sensation’s monument of an ephemeral half-literature" too.

"I wanted to make a clinic fable, and then to make it monumental, as if a small lesson in having a body could be installed on a government lawn. "
A HANDBOOK OF DISAPPOINTED FATE
2018

"At the moment when the last question mark appeared at the end of the last fully formed question, the readers of this book that took some time to appear came together to form THE SOCIETY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF UNWRITTEN LITERATURE. They did this in future-reverse."

Forthcoming from UDP in early 2018, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate highlights a decade of Anne Boyer’s interrogative writing on love, art, time, mortality, Kansas City, and other impossible questions. This collection includes essays on Mary J. Blige, lambs, revolutions, Missy Elliot, the law, Colette, and some of the ways we can refuse a living death.
"History is full of people who just didn’t. They said no thank you, turned away, escaped to the desert, stood on the streets in rags, lived in barrels, burned down their own houses, walked barefoot through town, killed their rapists, pushed away dinner, meditated into the light." ~
anne boyer at gmail dot com