Monthly Archives: January 2011

Reading & Book Launch Party for Jessica Baran Tomorrow Night

Wednesday 1/26 in St. Louis

Book Launch Party for Jessica Baran at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis

A poetry reading with Jessica Baran and Mary Jo Bang to celebrate the release of Remains to Be Used, as well as the debut of Late and Soon, Getting and Spending, a chapbook of new work printed by St. Louis-based print shop, All Along Press.

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Also, be sure to read this conversation/interview with Jessica in St. Louis Magazine:

Jessica Baran’s “Remains to Be Used” Now Available


We are happy to announce that Jessica Baran’s Remains To Be Used is now available for order through SPD and Amazon.

Jessica Baran’s ekphrastic poems challenge the way we encounter the aural, visual, and textual artifacts of artists and thinkers as varied as Sergio Leone, Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, and Hank Williams. Strange and intriguing, Baran is a voyeur who provides heuristic glimpses into new aesthetic experiences. These poems peek into the tangling and untangling complexities of a performance by Jan Bas Ader, a poem by Wallace Stevens, or a video installation by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Baran is as wildly adept in her investigations of the filmic gaze in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as she is in her poetic misprision of Derrida’s Specters of Marx or in her inhabiting of a song by MeJtallica. REMAINS TO BE USED invites and disorients, changes lenses, and ultimately trespasses the interior worlds of objets d’art.