Someone who doesn't experience or understand pleasure

Someone who doesn't experience or understand pleasure

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Bookwork   |   4 x 6 inches   |   3   Colour Risograph Print  |   Soy-Based Ink   |    Edition of 100


"Sometimes when you’re in a room with a bull,
and you’re holding a piece of red fabric, the only thing
you can think to do is wave the fabric around."

Someone who doesn’t experience or understand pleasure re-invents poetry for the 21st century conflicted ego, viewing life as a political problem that no amount of startling emotional turmoil or insight can solve. The texts here range from confessions of conflicted feelings to theories of obsolescence, from the desire for a fluffy towel, to possible dialogues for a future detective novel. Freely mixing a calm, straight-forward voice with fragmented shades of hysteria and polemic, the book lays bare the unsettling disappointment of youthful hope, the utopian dream, and energy lost somewhere between a party and a political action.

Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed and the upcoming novel Polyamorous Love Song. As co-artistic director of the Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he tours internationally with alarming frequency. He frequently writes about contemporary art.