“In this powerful, precise (details), funny, alarming and sad book of longer poems made of sentences by Courtney Bush you get the revelation, but you also get the getting of the revelation, the afterimage or aftertaste of the revelation, the being haunted by the revelation, and the later fear of further communications with the revelation. All this as ordinary & atypical, deeply human, in and around work, love, friendship, disasters & the troubled intimacy of ongoing quiet assertions and detours. So as to continue. EVERY BOOK IS ABOUT THE SAME THING is the only book I can reread these days. Novels, all of them, should be jealous.” — Anselm Berrigan
In her debut book of poetry, EVERY BOOK IS ABOUT THE SAME THING, writer and filmmaker Courtney Bush meditates on memory, spirituality, work, love and connectivity in long poems that resist aboutness and reject narrative. Divided into three sections — isn’t this nice, my hot girl summer was a spiritual mistake, and every book is about the same thing — Bush explores the pulls of both true love and attention, and how it feels to live in a time when the two are conflated, in precise sentences alternately intimate and winking, expansive and lucid.
Courtney Bush is a writer and filmmaker from Mississippi who lives in New York. Her poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Triangle House Review, Peach Mag, and Flag+Void. She is the author of the chapbook Isn't This Nice? (blush, 2019).