Most of the media was created to disseminate Communist principles, particularly anti-racism and anti-colonialism.
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A Window Into the Workings of Small Presses
A Poetics of the Press illustrates how invaluable firsthand accounts are to historicize a moment and medium.
A Poet of Isolation and Uncertainty
The poems in Jean Day’s Late Human carry a sense of having arrived at a moment when nothing feels quite right.
A New Bookselling Platform Challenges Amazon’s Monopoly
“Directing readers to buy their books from Amazon is harmful to the authors, and the publishers, whose work you are trying to support,” reads a letter encouraging independent media resources to use platforms like Bookshop.
Ugly Duckling Presse Celebrates 25 Years with a Benefit Party
Come celebrate the first 25 years of UDP with a benefit party to honor Burning Deck Press and Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop, on Tuesday, March 19 at The Bell House in Brooklyn.
Mirtha Dermisache’s Writing Is a Rorschach test
Dermisache’s drawings posture as communication yet undercut it through illegibility.
A Russian Poet Recounts Literary Life in 1966
Soviet-era poet Igor Kholin describes social realities of life among the writers living in cultural exile outside Moscow.
Mónica de la Torre’s Poems Reimagine an Iconic Martin Kippenberger Artwork
In these enigmatic poems, de la Torre’s mode of direct address seeks to put the reader into a trance.
Hirato Renkichi: The Black Shadow-Man Illuminated
Already in the three short volumes which Hirato had hoped to publish, but for which he was unable to raise money, we see a growing tendency to break up the language and images, abstracting them into a pulse of pure energy that conveys the meaning rather than simply expressing it.
Alan Felsenthal Emerges from His Song Cave and Sings to Us
In all of his poems, you feel Felsenthal finding his way from word to word and from line to line: he is not trying to tell a story or replay an anecdote so much as go where the words and phrases, sounds and meanings, lead him.
Finally Collage: The Hybrid Texts and Art of Robert Seydel
“To wear masks put them off,” writes Ruth Greisman, alter-ego of the late artist and writer Robert Seydel. Though based on and named after Seydel’s real-life aunt, Ruth is largely a fictional construct.
Ugly Duckling Presse Is Throwing a Rent Party
On August 30, Brooklyn’s beloved, indie Ugly Duckling Presse is throwing a “Rent Party” — a half-day event consisting of a pre-party, barbecue, and performances by NYC-based DJs, bands, and sound artists.