Ugly Duckling Press: This Window Makes Me Feel by Robert Fitterman
“simultaneously banal, vile, funny, and sincere...”—Ed SteckWritten in the long shadow of 9/11, This Window Makes Me Feel replaces the individual poet’s response to catastrophe with a collective, multi-vocal chorus of everyday articulations. Never before published in its entirety, This Window... is one of the earliest examples of a long poem solely composed with repurposed web language. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Fitterman is the author of 15 books of poetry including This Window Makes Me Feel (UDP, 2018), Nevermind (Wonder Books, 2016), Rob’s Word Shop (UDP, forthcoming, 2018), No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (UDP, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical(Subpress, 2006), and Metropolis—a long poem in 4 separate volumes, and is the co-author of Notes on Conceptualisms (UDP, 2009). He has collaborated with several visual artists, including Serkan Ozkaya, Nayland Blake, Fia Backström, Tim Davis and Klaus Killisch, and is the founding member of the international artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches at New York University and is a member of the writing faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.
Trade Paperback Smyth-sewn. 80 pp, 4.8125 x 7.25 in. ISBN 978-1-937027-95-7 Publication Date: June 1, 2018 Distribution: SPD/Inpress (UK)/Raincoast Books (Canada) Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.ADVANCE PRAISE
Robert Fitterman’s This Window Makes Me Feel taps into the already-faded notions of collective coping promised by an Internet unbound by corporate and state interests. Fitterman’s long poem extracts moments of outsourced tenderness – simultaneously banal, vile, funny, and sincere – to perform as a document of daily human life in a moment of chaos. With the hypnotic mantra of this window makes me feel, Fitterman stacks, strings, and layers group anxiety like an onion over the impending state surveillance of the very window that these voices peer through to seek solace.—ED STECK
Fitterman’s works constitute an anti-nostalgic and timely re-iteration of appropriation strategies and engagement in modes of radical mimesis that critically examine capitalism under digital culture, mounting an agenda of changing the distribution of the sensible not by making the invisible visible but by proposing counter-reading to ambient distraction and ever-more insidious textual instrumentalities in a culture saturated with marketing and deluged by information…—JUDITH GOLDMAN, POSTMODERN CULTURE