still Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772012859
Pages: 128
Pub. Date: March 29 2021
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.3125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Categories
Poetry / POE024000

  • POETRY / Canadian
  • POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places
  • POETRY / Women Authors

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still

By A Jamali Rad

still is about alienated interiority. It begins with a body, with materiality that slowly morphs, extends, spills, and oozes non-linearity. A self-withdrawn, hidden presence: silent inactivity, affective and extractive capitalism, surveillance and commodification of behaviour, non-participation, withdrawn complicity, non-subjectivity and refusing a gaze, paralysis in time of crisis, what non-doing does. still proposes an alternative to action, a way to un-be or to cease, a way to be the wrench in the cogs of the machine, a way to jam the signal by refusing receptivity. This book disclaims language, writes without writing, divests in itself, is non-living for unlife. This book begins and ends in emptiness.

“After the revolution, shopping. Bonus: the drive for and failures of identity. Ennui’s not right. We inhabit something more banal and more miserable than that. Is there enough of a subject even left to feel? still persists. It might prefer to be immobile, but it can’t help seeking movement – toward light? or dissipation? – in spite of all the fight and thought it comes after. Anahita Jamali Rad is brilliant in their capture of this problem. Read it because you need to un/feel it with them.”
—Larissa Lai

"still is as uncompromising as it is calm, shows a truly remarkable balance of control over material (pun intended) and an insurgence the likes of which are seldom witnessed in Canadian literature."
—Khashayar Mohammadi, Plenitue Magazine