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Nightboat Books mourns the loss of the luminous poet and painter, Etel Adnan, who died on Sunday, November 14th in Paris at the age of ninety-six. Etel was a generous spirit and guide, always…

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Today is the publication day of Olivia Tapiero's Phototaxis! In celebration of the book's release, we're excited to share a conversation with Tapiero and translator Kit Schluter about the poetics and music behind Phototaxis. Read on below!   Olivia Tapiero's Phototaxis is a book of voices—voices chanting toward the rising light of a posthuman world. From the many, three voices arise as its heart: that of Théo, a classical piano player whose suicide lends the book its gravitational center; that of Zev, a political activist whose dogmatism, through contrast, draws into focus the book's aspiration for discursive refusal; and that of Narr,…

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Today we're celebrating the publication day of Oscar Oswald's Irredenta! In a conversation for the Nightboat Blog, Nightboat author Gillian Conoley and Oscar Oswald discuss the seductions, pitfalls, and politics of the pastoral, the lyric "I," and the American West, among other topics. Take a look below!   Gillian Conoley: Dear Oscar, your debut Irredenta, so aptly named, is both positioned within and a critique of the pastoral tradition. I’m intrigued by the lyric you shape throughout, a “herdsman’s song” full of resistance and dissent, and yet also a lyric that retains a delicious lush sense of the lyre. You might not…

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Happy publication day to Villainy by Andrea Abi-Karam! In an interview for the Nightboat Blog, Andrea speaks to Villainy designer and Nightboat editor-at-large Evan Kleekamp (who edited the book alongside editor-at-large Kim Calder), about the political brattiness of advocating for oneself, collaborating over Zoom, the Arabic script justification kashida, and much more. Take a look below: Evan Kleekamp: So which one of us is harder to work with 😈 Andrea Abi-Karam: I really don’t feel like I’m hard to work with though I am very particular about how my work is rendered visually and materially, as you well know :). As a poet who writes…

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In an interview for the Nightboat blog, poet and writer Snigdha Koirala, author of Xenoglossia, speaks with poet Divya Victor, author of Curb, about documentary poetics, the "debts and gifts" of citation, the practice of witnessing, water, and more. Take a look below! Snigdha Koirala: The act and practice of witnessing is a concern throughout Curb. I was particularly struck by “Blood/Soil,” which grapples with the 2015 police assaults against Sureshabhai Patel in Madison, Alabama. There seems to me a double construction of the witness in this poem: the first being the lyric-I, the I writing on the page, which…

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