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

A book of poetry that is mostly prose, according to critic Chris Stroffolino, "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.”

Anne Boyer's other works include My Common Heart, a book written in the spring of 2011 about crowds and occupations, and The Romance of Happy Workers (2006), a book of lyric poems. Boyer's current work addresses the politics of care in the age of precarity. This recent work -- inspired by the adventure of serious illness -- is about pain, vulnerability, mortality, art, time, space, economics, and other materialities, and 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. "

ON CARE
Days
Brighton Poetry Festival 24-25th June Brighton, UK
Anguish Language Release Party Saturday 9 July 7pm - late. T-Chances, Tottenham, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN,
anne boyer at gmail dot com