Ugly Duckling Presse

After you, dearest language
After you, dearest language

Marisol Limon Martinez

Poetry/Art | $16 $14
"A subtle and beautifully-crafted exploration of a personal language" — Guillermo Juan Parra

Conceived as a sort of hypertext in book form, After You, Dearest Language is an alphabetical index of the author's dreams and visions.

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BRIDGE I am following Hans across a bridge that is hanging in mid AIR. We are surrounded by nothing—a vast space, a void. It's a beautiful bridge made of WOOD. We must jump onto a very small piece of wood suspended in the air in order to go onto another bridge that leads us in a different direction. I tell Hans I canot do it. He says I did it last time. I turn away and I walk backwards. Ellie goes with me. 

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About the Author

Marisol Limon Martinez
Marisol Limon Martinez is a writer, musician and visual artist based in New York City. She is the author of Via Dissimulata (Octopus Books), After You, Dearest Language (Ugly Duckling Presse), and First Space, Then Structures (Nothing Moments Press). She has been the recipient of The Pollock Krasner grant, a National Endowment of the Arts and NYSCA grant for an artist's book residency at The Women's Studio Workshop, and a Ford Foundation grant in performing arts. Her work is in the collections of the of Modern Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Public Library (Print Collection), Yale University, and the University of Texas at Austin, amongst others. She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College, and did classical piano studies at the Manhattan School of Music. After two years of recording and touring internationally as a pianist and back-up vocalist with Scott Matthew, she wrote and recorded her first solo album Autoportrait under the name Marisol Limon. She exhibits and performs in the United States and Europe and has been a guest lecturer/author/artist at The New School (Parsons & Eugene Lang), Columbia University, Brown, and Queens College. Her chapbook Honorary Men will be released as part of the Guillotine series in Summer 2015.

Advance Praise

...Martinez's book works as both a dream index and an index of dreams. Martinez converts the associative impulse of the Surrealists to a literal cross-reference, a gesture which is also this book's unique contribution to the abecedarian trend...—JOYELLE MCSWEENEY, RAIN TAXI
This linguistic navigation, much like Barthes by Barthes and Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Words, articulates one’s (often inarticulate, and yes, mysterious) interior and its relationship to exteriority.—CLAUDIA MILIAN
A subtle and beautifully-crafted exploration of a personal language…but clothed in song, clothed in the visionary power of poetry. Language as a method against evil...—GUILLERMO JUAN PARRA