~Poetry~ | $15 ($12 direct from UDP)
Perfect-bound. 96 pp, 6 x 8 in.
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
Neighbor’s mutable, shifty narrator alternately reifies and attempts to refuse the constricting, separating, culture-load bearing wall between lovers and neighbors.
“In her second full-length collection, Levitsky (Under the Sun) challenges readers with an expansive sequence of poems that vigorously dissemble and reassemble notions of what a poem is and does [ ... ] A decisively innovative book; Neighbor is brimming with sharply reported discoveries.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, June 2009
“Nearly touching are the ethical realm of our obligation to others and the aesthetic world of our freedom from such obligations. Levitsky’s Neighbor confronts this imaginary dividing line—in the process, creating a poetry that both provokes community and critiques our social habituations. This is my neighborhood.” —CHARLES BERNSTEIN
“Neighbor is a sweet saga of disconnection. A collectivity of loss. Rachel should be working for the city of New York. ‘I’ve decided to use my obsession/with my neighbor as the context/ for a discussion of the State.’ That in itself is incredible.” —EILEEN MYLES
“In and outside the window of Rachel Levitsky’s apartment lie sadness, amusement and conflicted regard for the weirdo constructs of faith and scum politics. Her poet energy is a sweet intellect with lazy compulsive lines dropping onto a free and wishful page, ok with semi-resolve amidst the minor clatter of daily lust.” —THURSTON MOORE
“One of the joys of this book is the spirit of inquiry it displays, the shifting perspectives and positing. So many sides are presented that the work is never in danger of becoming doctrinaire or didactic.” MARJORIE TESSER, Coldfront
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Rachel Levitsky's second book, Neighbor, is published by Ugly Duckling Presse (2009). Levitsky’s first full length volume, Under the Sun was published by Futurepoem books. Levitsky writes poetry plays, three of which (one with Camille Roy) have been performed in New York and San Francisco. In 1999, Levitsky founded Belladonna Series (belladonnaseries.org) as a means to amplify the hushed existence of the feminist avant garde practice of writing.