Poetry. Artforum "Best Book" of 2010. "At the beginning of her astounding new book, Joan Retallack posts a warning from Immanuel Kant 'against arguing directly from the logical possibility of concepts to the real possibility of things.' It seems to me that Retallack has succeeded brilliantly by flouting Kant's injunction. 'The real possibility of things' shimmers and sings on every page of PROCEDURAL ELEGIES, creating a living entity through means that remain as mysterious as they are vital"—John Ashbery.
Adam Pendleton @ Artforum / Artforum "Best Book" of 2010Helena Fitzgerald in The Brooklyn RailNamed one of Artforum's 13 Best Books of 2010
Joan Retallack — editor of THE SUPPOSIUM: THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS & POETHICAL PLAY IN DIFFICULT TIMES (Litmus Press, 2018), PROCEDURAL ELEGIES/WESTERN CIV CONT'D (ARTFORUM Best Book of 2010, Roof Books) and THE POETHICAL WAGER — is a poet and essayist with an early background in philosophy and visual art. Her poetic practice investigates — at times procedurally enacts — intersections of poetics and sociopolitical puzzles.Author City: ANNANDLE-HUDSON, NY USA