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.”
"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. "
NYC, Air Gallery BIennial, January 11, 2017 at 7 pm
Philadelphia, MLA Offsite Reading, January 6, 2017, 8-8:30 with Frank Sherlock and CA Conrad