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They and We Will Get into Trouble for This By Anna Moschovakis

They and We Will Get into Trouble for This by Anna Moschovakis

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Moschovakis invents new forms, insisting that we can never tire of asking how must I live in the world.

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They and We Will Get into Trouble for This Summary

They and We Will Get into Trouble for This by Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis measures words, crosses languages, and invents forms. In a mode of inquiry, friction, and barbed naivete, these four long poems trouble notions of history, self-knowledge, and intimacy, insisting that how to be is a question we can never tire of confronting. From Paradise (film two): / Being raised in science / under the sign of logic / I never understood how certain / promises / could be made / I could say I promise / that unless something unexpected happens / I will do the dishes every night / this week / I was very literal / especially with my lovers / I could say I love you today / but not I will love you tomorrow /

They and We Will Get into Trouble for This Reviews

Deeply engaging ... Moschovakis sets philosophy, etymology, and memory in motion to show that 'There are many ways to follow a thought.' --Publishers Weekly Reading though the manuscript is like diving into a deep pool contained within a cavern, the resonance and echoing qualities provide such distinction, it is impossible to confuse the experience of this reading with anything else. --New York Journal of Books They and We Will Get into Trouble for This may have its lineage in various traditions, but if we call it avant-garde or experimental, it is to say that it provides new ways of looking at what poetry can do at this very moment, broadening our perception of what was always possible. In that sense, it is a rich and momentous book, which should establish Anna Moschovakis as one of the most important poets writing today. --Kenyon Review Her style is somewhat similar to Rae Armantrout's. Both poets are infinitely curious, and not only do they approach each poem with a question, but they often end the poem with a question. There's rarely a straight answer... I enjoy and appreciate her philosophically bent poetry, her austere use of language, and the sense of violence that charges her poems. --San Francisco Bay Guardian ...It feels smart, unsettled--at times evasive, and at others so straightforward that it hurts. --American Poets The poem and the collection it calls home pulse with lines full of power ... in forms interesting enough to be compelling but not experimental enough to be off-putting. It's a fine line, and the distinction is vital for Moschovakis. --Flavorwire Moschovakis writes with an honesty and simplicity that is at once concise and lyrical.--Lit Hub Once you've read any Moschovakis poetry book, you will be happily fated to read (and await) each new release by one of our most ardent and original poets.--Lit Hub If you're interested in poetry that defies the boundaries of language and structure, They and We Will Get into Trouble for This is the collection for you. --Bustle Moschovakis achieves perfectly the anxiety of inexactness by claiming the dilemma of language. --Fanzine As a poet, one likes to think language contains the power to save us, to rescue us from our ubiquitous sense of demise. But Anna Moschovakis has gathered, in this triple-voiced chorus of flawless verse, the courage to admit the coming apocalypse.--Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal As happy as the day is long I'll get myself into the kind of trouble Moschovakis's new book invites--the trouble linked to agitation (L. turbulus) and the confusion that comes from being one among many (L. turba, for crowd). Its parts decidedly intertextual and polyglot, think of it as a turbulence machine.--Monica de la Torre Anna Moschovakis is a great abstract poet in the sense that she explores how formal procedures and found vocabularies and grammatical structures delimit what we can express at a given historical moment. But what makes her an indispensable writer is how she is able--and through her we are able--to experience questions of logical and linguistic relation as intensely lived, as sites not only of critical reflection, but of love. This book completes what I consider an essential poetic trilogy. It has expanded my sense of how I, you, they, we might address one another in the present tense of art.--Ben Lerner Anna Moschovakis's writing shows us what we lose by our rend(er)ing of contemporary poetry into binary categories of '_____' and '_____.' Her poems traverse the boundaries of 'lyric' and 'conceptual,' national literatures, bodily conditions, time, consciousness, and language. 'Whose I is this anyway?' they ask with luminous poetic intelligence.--Dorothy Wang Splintering along the divide of sentences and lines and the spit that holds them and us together in a most beautiful flowering pattern, this work reflects back (to me) such a complex scene of almost knowing, almost understanding, it breaks my heart. Working in Moschovakis' day and age will keep a poet ethical and unfoolish.--Simone White

About Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis lives and works in the Catskill Mountains and in New York City.

Table of Contents

1. They 2. Paradiso (Film Two) 3. We 4. Limbo (What It Means to Be Avant Garde) 5. Hell (They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This)

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They and We Will Get into Trouble for This by Anna Moschovakis
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