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The Book of Interfering Bodies
Daniel Borzutzky




Nightboat
2011 • 120 pp. 6 x 8”
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-9844598-2-7



Ecstatic political poetry and prose engaging notions of bureaucracy by a translator of Chilean poetry

Beginning with an epigraph from the 9/11 Commission Report, The Book of Interfering Bodies re-imagines the poet as bureaucrat, barbaric writer, and terrorist. In this book, poems that invoke the role of the writer in society alternate with apocalyptic prose pieces that recall Borges’ “Library of Babel.” In the process, Borzutzky creates a 21st century response to our most enduing twentieth century writers, from Beckett to Lispector.

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“Unflinching if shell-shocked, Daniel Borzutzky is recording our suicide as it happens.”—Linh Dinh

From the Book:

Small Woman, Big Man

She scratched herself where no one scratches, and was deported for illegally crossing the border to make contact with the even more miniscule woman who lived in the village beyond. Arrested in her 12 inch home, she thanked the authorities for not stepping on her. Placed in a jar with air holes, she awaited her trial in a state of religious bliss.

He scratched his anus in the aisle of an airplane, and was held in solitary confinement in a third world country that did not acknowledge international law. Deprived of greasy hamburgers and Cheez Whiz, he flopped fish-like in his cell until the floor cracked beneath his weight. A prison guard filmed this new dance and sent it around the internet; and within a few days the enormous man unwittingly reached a notable level of cyber-fame. With time he lost enough weight to reach over his belly and comfortably wag his penis. This too was taped by the guards, but out of respect for moral values, the film was kept from the public.



DANIEL BORZUTZKY is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. He is the author of The Ecstasy of Capitulation and Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raúl Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenún.



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