Acker by Douglas A. Martin
Essays,  Intergenre,  | $17.95
paperback, 264 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: Forthcoming 2017
ISBN: 978-1-937658-71-7

A lyric essay written through Kathy Acker’s evocative prose, public statements, and private archives

A lyric cover of Kathy Acker’s career and a study of the development of narrative in her books deftly tracing Acker’s interactions with a diverse palette of avant-gardisms, world letters, cultures, and theory. Martin follows Acker through New York’s downtown St. Mark’s Poetry Project scene, Black Mountain College, and the Beats, as Acker embarks on her own deconstructions of subjects autobiographical and historical, art procedurals, proto-conceptual writing, legacies, and spirits.

“Douglas A. Martin’s Acker is exactly the kind of literary criticism I want to read right now: an open-ended yet utterly thorough record of one deft, curious, intrepid mind beholding another. Personal when he needs to be and clinical when his investigation calls for it, Martin acts as the perfect counterpoint to Acker’s all caps bombast.” —Maggie Nelson


“This is a book worthy of its subject: singular, unpredictable, a mongrel that occupies that rare, evocative space between genres. Expressing truths that transcend the stolid facts of conventional biography and literary analysis, Douglas A Martin reveals how the act of writing is also, always, an act of self-authorship, of identity destruction and creation—and how Acker took this process to an extreme that still stuns, confounds, and inspires.” —Astra Taylor