Lisa Samuels writes: Spanish, drawings, and dislocated English come together in this book’s poetic experiments with writing death, that ‘global language I can’t speak.’ The poems of Mama Mortality Corridos dwell in the realm of error that seems to characterize the relation of death to the human consciousness, ‘dense and fell y verdaderamente / o.k. her straight and bones made / strong and well….’ In its lyrics and fragments, moments and aftermaths, allusions and adornos, Mama Mortality Corridos slides ‘acidly through troth.’
Lisa Samuels’ books include: Tomorrowland, Shearsman (UK), 2009, Throe, Oystercatcher (UK), 2009, The Invention of Culture, Shearsman, 2008, Increment (a family romance), Bronze Skull Press (USA), 2006, Paradise for Everyone, Shearsman, 2005.Mama Mortality Corridos is her first New Zealand book.
Mama Mortality Corridos is designed and printed by Tara McLeod on a Littlejohn cylinder press. The type is 12 pt. linotype Granjon with Helvetica titles, set by Longley Printing Co. The paper is 118gsm Teton warm white. Binding is by Design Bind Ltd. 54 pages. Edition of 70 copies, signed and numbered by the author. The price is $NZ 200 but copies ordered up to and including publication day, 2 December 2010, are $NZ 150 (25% discount).
Mama Mortality Corridos will be launched at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street at 5.30pm on Thursday, 2 December 2010. The speaker will be Emily Perkins. Music by Flamenco Lounge. All welcome.