Tuesday, September 26, 2006


with an accent over the first E which I don't know how to type! But still exciting! That is -- Bruna Mori's first poetry collection, with paintings by Matthew Kinney. We just nailed down printing and production details (1 more to go for Meritage Press and I'm off to hunt truffles in Alba!!!) and here's the book cover -- just finalized!

poems by Bruna Mori
paintings by Matthew Kinney
ISBN-10: 0-9709179-6-1
ISBN-13:  978-0-9709179-5-9
Forthcoming in November; Distributed by SPD.

Poetry. Creative Nonfiction. Urban Studies. Cultural Studies. Women's Studies.
Drawn by the New York cityscape and encounters found there, physical trajectories are mapped in words and sumi-ink. Poems depict a search for subjectivity in the urban sphere and are interspersed with paintings of architecture elusively dis/assembling on canvases. From Second Avenue to 207th Street, spanning mahjongg parlors and halfway houses, "the city and its inhabitants emerge as vastly various and yet inextricably bound to one another (lê thi diem thúy)." "A deft poetic journey through the fissures and ironies of city life (Norman Klein)." "Bruna Mori creates a lyrical alchemy of the debris and mythology of New Amsterdam. Dérive is an animated guidebook to the boroughs and should be required reading for travelers and residents alike (Brenda Coultas)."

"In Dérive, Bruna Mori rides the New York City subway to its terminus, and in so doing reminds us that those oft forgotten souls who inhabit urban outreaches are adamant, sparkling bridges between their old world and new. Mori is not only a cogent observer of life and its environs but a magnanimous participant who shines a light on the profound beauty of no-name pizza parlors and sweaty flesh that bears green tattoos of the heart."
—Martine Bellen