Poetry. This second edition, printed a decade after NEIGHBOR's original publication, features an expanded version of the play, "Perfect California: A Family Affair." NEIGHBOR's mutable, shifty narrator alternately reifies and attempts to refuse the constricting, separating, culture-load bearing wall between lovers and neighbors. As antagonisms and intimacies converge, Levitsky troubles the divisions within urban space, and between spatial and ethical frames: "I live on a street where / people turn (on) each other / into a theory.""In her second full-length collection, Levitsky challenges readers with an expansive sequence of poems that vigorously dissemble and reassemble notions of what a poem is and does [ ... ] A decisively innovative book; NEIGHBOR is brimming with sharply reported discoveries."—Publishers Weekly. "NEIGHBOR is a sweet saga of disconnection. A collectivity of loss. Rachel should be working for the city of New York. 'I've decided to use my obsession/with my neighbor as the context/ for a discussion of the State.' That in itself is incredible."—Eileen Myles. "In and outside the window of Rachel Levitsky's apartment lie sadness, amusement and conflicted regard for the weirdo constructs of faith and scum politics. Her poet energy is a sweet intellect with lazy compulsive lines dropping onto a free and wishful page, ok with semi-resolve amidst the minor clatter of daily lust."—Thurston Moore.
VI KHI NAO @ Ugly Duckling PresseThom Donovan @ Poetry FoundationInterview with Susie Deford @ BOMB Magazine
Rachel Levitsky's second book, NEIGHBOR, is published by Ugly Duckling Presse (2009). Levitsky's first full length volume, Under the Sun was published by Futurepoem books. Levitsky writes poetry plays, three of which (one with Camille Roy) have been performed in New York and San Francisco. In 1999, Levitsky founded Belladonna Series (belladonnaseries.org) as a means to amplify the hushed existence of the feminist avant garde practice of writing.Author City: Brooklyn, NY USA