Love Poems for Ceres
Love Poems for Ceres is a first-time collection of poetry by Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist Alex Turgeon. The book is a compilation of works that touch on themes of gender and sexuality in relation to fantastical positions of witchcraft, interplanetary space, cowboys, and creation mythologies. The poems explore a metaphor described in the celestial body of Ceres, the largest object in our solar system’s asteroid belt, which divides the system between inner and outer planets, as a self-portrait existing on the border of an inclusive community and that of an exterior nebulous expanse. Love Poems looks at the relationship to a subject who is unable to reciprocate, orbiting an undefined position, and in doing so recounts a fleeting attempt to position oneself against the cosmos within. The poems were presented at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) and Art Metropole (Toronto), among others. Turgeon’s work have also shown at Proxy Gallery and Brown University (Rhode Island), as part of the Poetry as Practice online exhibition, hosted by Rhizome and the New Museum (New York).
6 ½ x 8 ¾ in. / 94 pp / 4 b&w
Retail Price: $16.00
A Communist Life: Nan Berger
Nan Berger & Ruth Ewan (Eds.)
“Twenty-Nine Thousand Nights: A Communist Life is an unusual chronicle of the personal journey of young woman named Nan Berger through her writings, investigations into government intelligence reports, and visual images. From a wealthy middle-class Northern British family, Berger was drawn to the Communist Party in the 1930s. Shocked by the tactics of the police at an anti-fascist meeting, she became a lifelong campaigner for civil liberties. Through the Communist Party and the National Assembly of Women, Nan Berger became an early critic of gender inequality, writing Woman Fancy or Free? with Joan Maizels. This intriguing exploration of historical documents from one woman’s life conveys the many unexpected byways of left political commitment in the twentieth century, bringing to the surface a wider social history.” — Sheila Rowbotham
Berger’s unpublished memoir was uncovered by Glasgow-based artist Ruth Ewan, who edited and expanded upon the archival material. Ewan is known for context-specific artworks created through found material and historical records, which is grounded in research on social and political histories.
6 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 192 pp / Full b&w
Retail Price: $35.00