Surge by Etel Adnan
Essays,  Intergenre,  Poetry,  | $12.95
paperback, 56 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-937658-85-4

A new volume of aphoristic prose and philosophical poetry from Etel Adnan, whose work The New York Times recently described as the "meditative heir to Nietzsche's aphorisms, Rilke's Book of Hours and the verses of Sufi mysticism." She writes: "Reality is messianic/ apocalyptic/ my soul is my terror."

“Surge, as the title suggests, is a book awash in movement: the movement of mind, of time and of memory. It presents an old poet at home, at night, roving through her recollections of dead or dying friends, landscapes passed through or lost. She muses on unresolvable ideas that have flickered at the edge of perception for countless sleepless nights.”—IAN MALENEY, The Irish Times


“In perception, redemption,” Adnan declares in this assemblage of mystical, metaphysical ideas and aphorisms, often in conversation with the dead. “We have to say yes to that fate,” she writes of mortality, “and it’s hard, the hardest.”—New York Times


"The latest book by the great poet and artist Etel Adnan is a fragmentary exploration of reality. 'Mountains are languages and languages are mountains.' These are aphorisms for the future. During my most recent visit, she added to my Instagram archive of handwritten notes the words, 'Your identity is your prison.'"—Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Vulture 

"By looking out at the universe, we are looking into ourselves. By naming that shimmering, we are piecing ourselves together. Adnan has given us a new way of thinking through ourselves and the world, our place in the universe. Another layer of identity—we are the world, formed by it, wrung through with it, saturated with it, reflected in it, heard by it as we listen to it. She invites us to ask what it means to be able to look out onto the ocean, over mountains. What it means to coexist with and exist through nature. We are shaped by feeling the surge of the ocean, by listening to the reverberating of the real in it. Adnan has found a new way of getting at reality: through her poetry, she melts into her “twin,” the world."—Emma Ramadan, Fullstop