“There is something unnerving in these poems’ ambiguity of intent and meaning. Nothing is resolved, nothing is simply a joke or simply not, nothing is ‘honest’ or means one stable thing. Rogers said, in the same 2013 Burke interview, that she doesn’t think she is or can be ‘honest,’ only ‘accurate.’”—i reviewed Cunny Poem Vol. 1, the new book by Bunny Rogers (via stephentullydierks)
“It’s a feat of creativity to compose poems that work as poems, in a book that works as sculpture, in a package that presents as a pipe-bomb wrapped in pink cotton candy.”—Brad Phillips review of Bunny Rogers’s book, Cunny Poem Vol. 1 (via popserial)
On December 4, 2011, Bunny Rogers uploaded an image of a rose to cunny4.tumblr.com; six months later, she began to post short poems to it on a regular basis. She writes serially about desire and addiction and sex and being a woman. This year, she translated these poems to the printed page with a highly crafted 237-page clothbound book, Cunny Poem Vol. 1, which features artwork by Brigid Mason.
Five years ago, internet artist Kevin Bewersdorf took all of his images, music, and texts offline, changed his name to Kev, and published a new website featuring only an image of a flickering flame. Kev now writes poetry about the internet, inspired in part by his Taoist practice. He writes slowly, holding the ideas inside for long periods of time until they crystallize.
This event marks Kev’s first public reading of his poetry and the New York launch of Cunny Poem Vol. 1, via a presentation by Bunny and Brigid that will include sculpture, music, and poetry.
Rhizome public programs receive major support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
hey im genuinely curious- why is the book so expensive?
"Cunny Poem. Vol. 1" is completely self-published. It’s an artist book (hardback, metallic foil stamped) with nearly 250 pages of content. I commissioned the illustrations. The badges and ribbon that come with the book are custom-produced. Archiving is important to me and I wanted to make available (even in a limited amount) a collection of the poems unedited, in chronological order, and ideally packaged—treated more like a sculpture. It is a luxury buy, but my hope was to create something special. A lot of the poems will reappear in the paperback “My Apologies Accepted” (by CCM) in September, which will be widely available and much more affordable.