ABOUT APOSTROPHE BOOKS

APOSTROPHE BOOKS began as a discussion, not surprisingly, about the current conditions and circumstances of poetry publishing in America and internationally. Although there seems to be a proliferation of small presses—many of them interesting, complex, and compelling—we found a striking gap in work devoted to the hybridization and intersection of poetic discourse with theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and pataphysics.

The potential to expand the definition of poetry—at this moment in time—to include these other modes of thought and representation seems crucial, urgent. Over the past 20 to 30 years, philosophical and poetic discourse has revealed an obsession with textual surfaces, consciousness in language, and the seeming instability (even dissolution) of the imagination. Innovation, the mantra of Modernism, has become suspect.

Ironically, the subsequent responses to this crisis of imagination and representation, to human subjectivity itself, have often been extraordinarily innovative and imaginative. To bind or restrict these responses with pre-established forms and genres seems awkward, if not absurd.

Therefore, we launched APOSTROPHE BOOKS to promote work that undermines generic categories and questions, explores, investigates, and/or challenges the very act of creative and imaginative language with creative and imaginative language.

We accept and appreciate donations, which can be processed through PayPal.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: