about “the republic of exit 43”

some lines from Jennifer Scappettone, author of The Republic of Exit 43



“I’ve been working on this project since I moved from Berkeley back to Long Island, or Brooklyn to be precise, in 2005—when I discovered I’d grown up across the street from a landfill toxic enough to be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List of hazardous sites. It’s disconcerting and uncanny that the book should emerge at a time when the capacity of that agency to restrain the generation of new environmental health hazards is endangered.

Calling this a book still feels strange: the subtitle is Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump. Many of the poems are textscapes that were used as scores for performance, reproduced in color. Photographic traces of fieldwork on Staten and Long Island and documents of installations in Rome, Los Angeles, the internet, and the augmented reality of Syosset made their way into the book as well.

The wonderful people at Small Press Distribution can help you get a copy at this link.

The state of the nation has so far distracted me from scheduling much toward a launch, but I know I’ll be traveling to the following places to read and speak:

Segue Series, NYC, Saturday, February 11
POG, Tucson, Saturday, March 18
University of Arizona, Tucson, Tuesday, March 21
St. Mark’s Poetry Project, NYC, Monday, April 24