Bruce Boone Dismembered

A comprehensive collection of nearly five decades of writing by one of the founding writers and theorists of New Narrative

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Poems, Stories, And Essays

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Bruce Boone Dismembered collects nearly five decades of writing by Bruce Boone, a founder of New Narrative and critical figure at the crossroads of late-twentieth-century avant-garde and social movement writing. At once sexy and political, gossipy and scholarly, this crucial volume includes poems, stories, essays, interviews, and reviews.


In a time of disorder and disease, Boone’s body of work acts as a mirror to our dismembered global reality. This scavenged, collaged, taped-together collection provides a “map to negotiate perils” and guides us toward reconciliation with perilous futures. This book exemplifies the poignancy that might emerge from the found and frenetic.



Introduction by Rob Halpern

Early Poems

Karate Flower

Writing Poems

He’s the Lover of My Soul

A Natural Form of Love

from Sleep

Dodo the Cat Gives Himself to the Universe and Later Writes Poems

Remarks on Narrative: The Example of Robert Glück’s Poetry

Gay Language as Political Praxis: The Poetry of Frank O’Hara

Toward a Gay Theory for the ‘80s

Writing Power Activity

Writing’s Current Impasse and the Possibilities for Renewal

Language Writing: The Pluses and Minuses of the New Formalism

La Fontaine (with Robert Glück)

“Stoned out of my gourd”:

Review of Dennis Cooper’s The Tenderness of the Wolves

Kathy Acker’s Great Expectations

George Bataille: A Fave “New” Writer and His Vile Books

Perception of a Body Among Writing’s Parts

Bruce Boone Interviewed by Charles Bernstein

Dark Queer Suite

Stephen King Poem

Buddies In Space

John Wieners, American Poet

Pulp Terror


Letter to Stephen King, The Horror Writer

The Last Soup: New Critical Perspectives

The Truth About Ted

An Excerpt from Carmen (A Visit with Roy)

Three Letters from Carmen

David’s Charm

A Narrative Like A Punk Picture:

Shocking Pinks, Lavenders, Magentas, Sickly Greens

Hollywood Celluloid Nuke Madness

Mirage—or Where’s the Party?

For Jack Spicer—A Truth Element

Spicer’s Writing in Context

Robin Blaser’s New Syntax: Pointing Up Ahead, Behind, Wherever

Robert Duncan and the Gay Community—A Reflection

Review of Duncan’s Ground Work: Before the War

Beat Poetry’s Populism

The Queen Beats

H.D.’s Writing: Herself A Ghost

Beverly Dahlen


from He Sleeps with the Angels (Pink Sperm)

Bruce Boone in Conversation with Eric Sneathen

A Stele for Jamie


Bruce Boone is almost always right about everything.  Ideas are like glittering objects, held to the light and examined from every possible angle, but he doesn’t forget that discourse is also a form of seduction. Rob Halpern’s collection arrives like a gift. Bruce Boone is the most perfect writer.

-Chris Kraus
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ISBN: 9781937658588
Paperback, 424 pages, 6 x 9 in
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Editor(s): Rob Halpern

What matters, what has always mattered for Boone, is intimacy, communality, social life. His hope for the release of Dismembered is more of this. “I would like some people to call me up or send me an email, ask if we can have coffee, and have some new friends.”

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Bruce Boone’s published work includes– Karate Flower (1973), My Walk With Bob (1979 & reissued in 2006), Century of Clouds (1980 & reissued in 2009), and with Robert Gl …

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