Dostoyevsky Wannabe Spotlight

INDIE PUBLISHING, MARCUS SLEASE POETRY, Play Yr Kardz Right

A nice spotlight on Dostoyevsky Wannabe over at The London Magazine by Robert Greer.

Greer describes the presses radical approach to publishing, in both design, distribution, and content:

“With their books retailing at around £5 each, accessibility seems to me an important part of Dostoyevsky Wannabe, and the most obvious comparison for me is the independent record label K Records in 1980s Olympia, Washington. Similarly to Dostoyevsky Wannabe, K Records ideology was based around using the technology of the day to democratise the process of making lots of art, by capitalising on the cheapness and malleability of cassette tape technology. For Dostoyevsky Wannabe, the 2018 version of this vision is to capitalise on the tools of late capitalism.”

The books are so beautifully designed. I feel very fortunate to have my book Play Yr Kardz Right with them. A terrific press with so much creative energy. One of the centres of the literary renaissance of small presses  and record labels. As Greer says, “The common strand between all them is a DIY spirit and an experimental ethic which makes Dostoyevsky Wannabe feel less like a traditional publishing house and more a platform for innovative artists and innovative literature.”

“There are so many that it is difficult to keep up, but it is worth keeping up with them on social media to see what they have going on. Their books are good, and cheap. Buy them, read them.”

Indeed!

The counter culture is alive and well. Cheap and beautiful and mind altering. Long may they live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEAR BELOVED HUMANS

Grzegorz Wroblewski Poetry, NOMADIC SURREALISM

“For eight years now I have been translating the poetry of Grzegorz Wróblewski, a Polish writer and visual artist based in Copenhagen. So far we have published two volumes: Kopenhaga (Zephyr Press, 2013) and Zero Visibility (Phoneme Media, 2017). We are now working on our third project, Dear Beloved Humans: New and Selected Poems.”

— PIOTR GWIAZDA

The writing and art of Grzegorz Wroblewski has connections to the anti-poetry of Nicanor Parra, the dark comedy of Samuel Beckett, the raw punkness and absurdity of Andrzej Bursa, and the surrealist prose poems of Charles Simic. Legendary critic Marjorie Perloff says of Grzegorz “[he is] the true poetic chronicler of our twenty-first century diaspora in all its absurdities and anxieties.”

READ THE ARTICLE OVER AT JACKET 2:

https://jacket2.org/commentary/dear-beloved-humans

A still from “Grzegorz Wróblewski do ludzkości.” (c) Krzysztof Jaworski.