Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781909631076 Published July 2014 World sales rights except India


The Visitor

Idra Novey

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Idra Novey

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With Artworks by Erica Baum
36 pages | 10 color plates | 6 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781909631076 Published July 2014 World sales rights except India
In this cahier, American poet Idra Novey explores several notions of translation through two sequences of poems. In the first sequence, “Letters to C,” she addresses the figure and the words of a writer she has recently translated, Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector. In the second, “Regarding Marmalade, Cognates, and Visitors,” Novey looks at the connections between language, translation, and the hosting of visitors, including her newborn son. Idra Novey’s texts are in conversation with works by the artist Erica Baum—images of books that seem both to invite and resist attempts to read them.
Sarah Gerard | BOMB Magazine
"Novey engages in another kind of call-and-response, that of her own poetic letters to Clarice Lispector, echoing Lispector's letters to the novelist Fernando Sabino. Of her experience translating Lispector, Novey asks, 'What was I failing at / before this—and why is it / failure makes a person feel / so irremediably alive?' Indeed, why is the silence between places, between texts, between bodies, always a silence we want to fill? But silence matters as much as voice; and the why doesn't matter."
Letters to C
Regarding Marmalade, Cognates, and Visitors
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