Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Art. Aesthetics. From 2005-2013, the TrenchArt book series was the cornerstone of Les Figues Press. The series took its name from "trench art"—artistic creations produced by soldiers made in wartime using whatever material was at hand, from shell casings to scrap metal to bone. It is art born of conflict and forced community: here we are, together in the trenches. Each year, Les Figues published four TrenchArt titles. Accompanying each set was a limited-edition, hand-bound collection of aesthetic essays distributed to Les Figues members. TRENCHART MONOGRAPHS: HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME collects these essays and brings them, for the first time, to a wider readership. The books in the TrenchArt series are experiments in language, and the aesthetic essays in this anthology investigate the why of those experiments. The essays challenge, too, what an essay looks like, what an essay can do. Manifestos, lists, performative pieces, visual art, critical essays, marginalia, and the entirely unclassifiable—these pieces pull, prod, and play with the concept of "language" from all directions, misdirections, and sometimes no direction at all. This is critique pregnant with poetry, with image, with mutilated lips, with the scent of camphor in hot celluloid. Contributors include: Harold Abramowitz, Danielle Adair, Stan Apps, Nuala Archer, Dodie Bellamy, Sissy Boyd, Melissa Buzzeo, Amina Cain, Jennifer Calkins, Teresa Carmody, Allison Carter, Molly Corey, Vincent Dachy, Lisa Darms, Ken Ehrlich, Alex Forman, Lily Hoang, Jen Hofer, Paul Hoover, Alta Ifland, Klaus Killisch, Alice Könitz, Myriam Moscona, Doug Nufer, Redell Olsen, Pam Ore, Renée Petropoulos, Vanessa Place, Michael du Plessis, Frances Richard, Sophie Robinson, Kim Rosenfield, Mark Rutkoski, Susan Simpson, Stephanie Taylor, Axel Thormählen, Mathew Timmons, Chris Tysh, Julie Thi Underhill, Divya Victor, Matias Viegener, and Christine Wertheim.
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Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (Bon Aire Projects, 2015) and REQUIEM (Les Figues, 2005). She is also the author of I Can Feel (Insert Press, 2012), Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and the chapbook Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). Other work has appeared in such publications as Faultline, Juked, Bombay Gin, Mandorla, Fold Appropriate Text, American Book Review, and Drunken Boat.Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-founder of Les Figues Press. She is author of DIES: A SENTENCE (2006), La Medusa (2008), NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (2009), Statement of Facts (2010), and Boycott Project (2013). Her nonfiction title, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law (2010, 2015), was recently released in paperback. Place is a regular contributor to X-tra Art Quarterly, and has lectured and performed internationally.Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA