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Acker
Douglas A. Martin




Nightboat
2017 • 296 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Essays / Literary Criticism

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-71-7



“Martin, though, is more interested in a hybrid form of all-encompassing literary analysis, an embodiment through language, a fusion with Acker’s work, than in... [continued in Reviews below]”—Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, BOMB Magazine

A lyric essay written through Kathy Acker’s evocative prose, public statements, and private archives

A lyric cover of Kathy Acker’s career and a study of the development of narrative in her books deftly tracing Acker’s interactions with a diverse palette of avant-gardisms, world letters, cultures, and theory. Martin follows Acker through New York’s downtown St. Mark’s Poetry Project scene, Black Mountain College, and the Beats, as Acker embarks on her own deconstructions of subjects autobiographical and historical, art procedurals, proto-conceptual writing, legacies, and spirits.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Martin, though, is more interested in a hybrid form of all-encompassing literary analysis, an embodiment through language, a fusion with Acker’s work, than in any kind of linear biography. 'In Acker,' he writes: 'we will never be far from working and reworking definitions of who is normal, who has value, who is abominable and how and why, who is sick and who is sane, who should be confined, who is made to feel they warrant space, how, who belongs, and who doesn’t.' It’s in these moments that Acker almost becomes a manifesto, and Martin tells us why: 'It was this work that kept me alive.'”—Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, BOMB Magazine

“Douglas A. Martin’s Acker is exactly the kind of literary criticism I want to read right now: an open-ended yet utterly thorough record of one deft, curious, intrepid mind beholding another. Personal when he needs to be and clinical when his investigation calls for it, Martin acts as the perfect counterpoint to Acker’s all caps bombast.” —Maggie Nelson



DOUGLAS A. MARTIN is the author of eight books across genres, including volumes of poetry and fiction. He lives in Brooklyn.



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