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140 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: January 2015

ISBN 9781907587894

Rights: US & CA

Enitharmon Press (Jan 2015)

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Winner of:Herald Scotland Books of the YearThe poems included in this volume are drawn from Rob Halpern's four collections and two chapbooks—Common Place, Disaster Suites, Imaginary Politics, Music for Porn, Rumored Place, and Weak Link—one long writing project for which [ –——–– ] stands here in lieu of a proper title. The writing collected under the sign of this placeholder expresses the most painful desires whose explicit objects are the figures of the wounded U.S. soldier and the Guantanamo detainee. It's in these wrecked bodies that Halpern seeks the possibility of a truly unconditional love, at once prohibited and revolutionary.


"Halpern was as fearless as they came in 2012. His stunning third collection Music for Porn was both statement and experiment – a gruesome, erotic, studied, unflinching dissection of the ways that violence, sex, and social order tear at each other. Halpern uses the body as a battleground, and the solider as a stand-in for a range of repressed (and fulfilled) desires. Light reading, it is not; enlightening, challenging, and upsetting, it will be for years to come."  —Boston Globe, Best Poetry Books 2012 on Music for Porn

Author Biography

Rob Halpern is the author of several books of poetry, including Disaster Suites, Music for Porn, and Rumored Place. His critical essays have appeared in the Claudius App, the Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures, and ON: Contemporary Practice. He is a founding participant in the Nonsite Collective and teaches at Eastern Michigan University. He lives in San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.