Poetry. Art. Combining elements of documentary, history, and autobiography, COMMUNICATINGROUPS is author Stu Watson's reckoning with our societal obsessions with celebrity and violence. Tracking the Hobbesian affiliation between monarchy and physical domination, COMMUNICATINGROUPS takes a broad view of human culture, skipping across the centuries from the death of Julius Caesar to contemporary instances of mass violence, seeking to draw divergent horrors into a new relation. Illustrated by the author's own linocut prints and employing a variety of conceptual and formal modes, COMMUNICATINGROUPS unflinchingly confronts personal and cultural histories, searching out new forms of organization from the ruins of a broken world.
Stu Watson is an artist based in Brooklyn. Founder and editor of the literary journal Prelude, his poems and essays have appeared in Denver Quarterly, PANK, SAND, Queen Mob's Teahouse, White Wall Review, Posit, Brooklyn Poets Anthology and in many other journals. His translations of selections from Baudelaire's Le Spleen de Paris were published in the volume The Poor by Maquokeeta in 2010. His paintings and prints have appeared in Fjords Review and Lavender Review, and his visual works were featured in a solo show at The Yard in New York City during the summer of 2018. A teacher in the CUNY system, COMMUNICATINGROUPS is his first full- length poetry collection.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA