You can read an interview about my newest book, Garments Against Women, at The Poetry Foundation. If you think you would like to read the book, here are some things that people have said about it lately:
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.”
Publisher’s Weekly: “In this textual hybrid of rhythmic lyric prose and essayistic verse, visual artist and poet Boyer (The Romance of Happy Workers) faces the material and philosophical problems of writing—and by extension, living—in the contemporary world. Boyer attempts to abandon literature in the same moments that she forms it, turning to sources as diverse as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the acts of sewing and garment production, and a book on happiness that she finds in a thrift store. Her book, then, becomes filled with other books, imagined and resisted.”
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.”
Darcie Dennigan, 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,” without a safety net for the writer or the reader.”
Isabel Balée, at A Perimeter: “Boyer’s probing of Western culture is at the forefront of Garments, and her tone devotes itself to the lives that suffer to create a garment. It is a tone that does not to show itself off, it prefers to inform, to create details and categories.”
Michaela Mullin, at Nomadic Press: “Anne Boyer’s new book of poems, Garments Against Women, is a subtle feat of poetic mise en abyme. She conceptualizes the daily into the philosophical and, thankfully, collapses the philosophical into the quotidian. With her lyric prose, she does not spare words—there is no fear of that sort of economy here; and her language patterning is reflective of the template one might use for sewing: This is two-dimensional so that you may make of it something three-dimensional, something to walk away with, to cover you. These poems collapse her world perfectly onto the page, and in reading them, they become again the uncollapsed world—like a three-dimensional rendering of a mise en abyme painting, each frame falling into the next like an accordion: in and out, in and out (until it slips, beautifully); the music produced may not be perfectly in tune, but it is amazingly attuned. Boyer’s work is a grand taxonomy, exploring not only what is and what is done, but also what is “not.””
Lisa Robertson: “These are the confessions of Anne Boyer, a political thinker who takes notes and invents movements, social and prosodic. Ta gueule, Rousseau.”
Rob Mclennan: “Organized in four groupings, each containing a small handful of poems, the pieces in Garments Against Women are incredibly compact, and move through a series and sequence of thoughtfully compact and restless meditations on boredom, philosophy, sewing, reading and innocence (real and otherwise)”
You can order the book at the Ahsahta press site, or at Amazon, or at Small Press Distribution, where it was a number one bestseller in poetry, or I would be happy to send you a PDF of it for whatever reason if you are interested in reading it — just send me an email at anne boyer at gmail dot com.
I can’t talk to anyone who hasn’t read
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finished anne boyer’s brilliant ‘garments against women‘ ln; now concerned that w/e i try to read next will seem automatically mediocre
Dreamt I was reading Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women as a veil gagged my mouth.
@anne_boyer‘s Garments Against Women these last few humid nights, unable to sleep. My things–pyjamas, bed sheet–seem strange.
I was sitting on a park bench reading Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women when a man came up to me & asked would I read him a bedtime story
Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women (Ahsahta Press) is my favorite North American poetry book of 2015.
@br0_watch reading Garments Against Women consistently opens something strange and electric in me.
I am reading this instead of eating butter: “Garments Against Women – Anne Boyer : Small Press Distribution: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781934103593/garments-against-women.aspx#.VV49Fp2kSdo.twitter …“
Reading Anne Boyer’s Garments Against Women and I’m pretty sure I have no skin left. Keep taking breaks to catch my breath.
I was demolished by the second page, I want everyone to read this book, “Garments Against Women.”
Finished GARMENTS AGAINST WOMEN in a single torrent. Somehow appropriate on Tax Day. Will read it again, and again. News from poems.
I love how discursive GARMENTS AGAINST WOMEN is and at the same time unfolds in aphorisms. Sample: “I get spam from Versailles.”
One book I brought home from AWP:
@anne_boyer‘s Garments Against Women. It is honestly not a thing I know how to read … @anne_boyer let me show them all the notes, underlines, & pages where tear water crinkled the paper in my copy of “Garments Against Women“
Working when I would rather be reading
@anne_boyer‘s Garments Against Women somehow seems like a continuation of the text itself.
Beautiful stuff from
@anne_boyer: Garments Against Women https://ahsahtapress.org/product/boyer-garments/ … @anne_boyer‘s Garments Against Women is so sad and strong and wonderful. You should all please go buy it.
I like to take a picture of a favorite page of a thing I’m reading. I have pictures of nearly every page of Garments Against Women.
Elsewhere, Mark Baumer has made some beautiful animated GIFs from the book.