The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven

Brian Teare


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Nightboat Books
1 November 2022
ISBN: 9781643621593
106 pages

From the publisher

A timely reissue, the typographical experiments of The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven make visible the hidden experience of chronic pain and illness. During uninsured and ineffectual medicalization, Teare turns to the work of writer and abstract artist Agnes Martin, which offers both counsel and consolation when diagnosis fails. Harnessing the power of the grid intrinsic in the typeset page, the resulting poems balance language and silence in visual fields that give shape to somatic knowledge. Rejecting bad care and the false promise of cure, this book reimagines what healing looks like.This edition includes a new interview with the author by the poet and scholar Declan Gould!