What We Are Reading: The Legacy of Absence

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Limping Devil Press is the new kid in town. As part of our introduction we thought we would answer a literary themed get-to-know-you question: “Who do you read?” Unfortunately, for us, that is a loaded question. In this area we cannot be brief.

We are always reading here at Limping Devil Press. We have our favorites. Authors who have kept us reading for over a decade. We imagine that you do too.

Our senses are tuned to catch a new name, someone we should read, or we should know. After all, we are looking for new friends. New names to keep the regulars on the shelves company. In the first of the ongoing series “What We Are Reading post,” we will share our mixed up list of the authors with places on our shelves.

MarcelBroodthaersMarcel Broodthaers (1924 – 1976) began as a poet. Visual art came later. Inspired by the copy of Coup de Dés (Throw of the Dice, 1897) by Stéphane Mallarmé given to him by fellow Belgian and Surrealist artist, René Magritte, Broodthaers invested his time and energy in poetry. It was not until 1964 Broodthaers began the work that made him famous.

Like Magritte, Broodthaers incorporated the manipulation of typography found in the work of Mallarmé. The two artists added and used wordplay in their pieces, but Rachel Haidu posits in her book, The Absence of Work, that Broodthaers had a motivation to challenge the logic of words and their usesThe artist felt a loss of connection to language.

Broodthaers discovered an insincerity in language. The same language he utilized to compose and create poetry. It failed him. Language ceased to function universally. Haidu suggests that this realization opened him to illustrating the limitations of language. We know of him because he showcased the opaque areas of language and confronted them. For that, we thank him. We are looking forward to learning more about Broodthaers so we eagerly anticipate the release of Marcel Broodthaers: Works and Collected Writings.

Who are the authors you consider friends?

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