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Attention Span 2012 | Sara Wintz

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Chris Kraus | Where Art Belongs | Semiotext(e)| 2011

Roel Arkesteijn, ed. | CODEX SPERO: Nancy Spero- Selected Writings and Interviews 1950-2008 | de Appel + ROMA Publications | 2008

One of the perks of doing “bad mail,” a task performed by the Visitor Services Department at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in which mail addressed to curators and employees who no longer work at the Institute is re-directed back to sender, is that we received books from art organizations around the world. When I was working in the Visitor Services Department at P.S.1., we received several copies of CODEX SPERO from de Appel Art Centre, in the Netherlands. It’s such a beautifully edited book of Spero’s gorgeous oeuvre, that I brought it everywhere I lived in Brooklyn, to my parents’ house in New Jersey, to Berkeley, Oakland: everywhere after my co-worker gave it to me. I read the entire book this winter and loved every part.

Ingrid Schaffner, John Ashbery (prologue), Lisa Jarnot (essay) | Jess: To and From the Printed Page | iCI | 2007

Norma Cole | Mars | Listening Chamber | 1994

William Saroyan, ed. and pref. by Aram Saroyan | The William Saroyan Reader | Barricade | 1994

Julia Brown, ed. | Betye Saar | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles | 1984

Josephine Miles | Local Measures | Reynal + Hitchcock | 1946

Mm. I’ve been reading more about California this year. I read Josephine Miles’ poem, “Flag Level,” and imagined the American flag waving on the moon, then was knocked out by realizing that her poems in this collection were written before humans had even ventured to the moon. And then I thought about how many poets thought about the moon and stared at the moon, the surface of the moon, wrote about it before we even landed on the moon: Elizabeth Bishop, “The moon in the bureau mirror/looks out a million miles/(and perhaps with pride, at herself,/but she never, never smiles)/far and away beyond sleep, or/perhaps she’s a daytime sleeper.” Marianne Moore, “Sun and moon and day and night and man and beast/each with a splendor”


Sara Wintz is the author of Walking across a Field We Are Focused on this Time Now, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling. She curated the Segue Reading Series from 2009-2011 and is on the Board of Directors of Small Press Traffic, in San Francisco.

Sara Wintz’s contribution to Attention Span for 2011. Return to 2012 directory.

Written by Steve Evans

November 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

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