for love and autonomyFront Cover

ISBN: 9781772010176 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 112 pages | Pub. Date: 2016
5.5 W × 8.5 H × .35 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE011000
ISBN 13: 9781772010176 | Rights: WORLD

Anahita Jamali Rad’s debut book of poetry juxtaposes Marxist economics with pop culture lyrics, from FKA Twigs to Sonic Youth, tangling the “You & I” of relationships and social identification. She asks: How is it possible to communicate when the “I” speaks from the margins? Who is the “I” when Motown’s doo-wop and post-punk’s Telecaster jangles shake up the body’s rhythm?

for love and autonomy speaks from a place of discomfort, where internalized pop songs mutate communication and meaning under the guises of individuality and romanticism. Jamali Rad’s “I” is highly textured, musical, and suspect. Her poems bring us together with their rebellious voices – only to push us away into alienation when mimicry falls flat, when the “I” loses its context, when we become oppressed, thingified, dependent, and belligerent.


Jamali Rad deals with the stuff of everyday life: work and sex, friendship and love. Her critical attention to the structure of these social relations creates a poetics of trial and failure, questioning the very “culture” responsible for its making as she forges a way for the possibility of radical resistance in language.

By Anahita Jamali Rad

Anahita Jamali Rad was born in Shiraz, Iran, and now lives on unceded Coast Salish Territories a.k.a. Vancouver. She studied Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and is currently doing a diploma in Publishing at Langara College. for love and autonomy is her debut collection of poetry.

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news | 2017-03-22
March 25–31: Anahita Jamali Rad, Danielle LaFrance, and Donato Mancini on tour in California

…latest works – Same Diff, Friendly + Fire, and for love and autonomy – in L.A. on March 25, San Diego on March 26, …


news | 2016-10-24
Our Fall 2016 books are launched!

…every single thing Anahita Jamali Rad reads from for love and autonomy, receiving many nods of acknowledgement from the …


news | 2016-10-19
Tomorrow: Talon’s big fall launch!

…by Stephen Collis slick reckoning by Ken Belford for love and autonomy by Anahita Jamali Rad Friendly Fire by Danielle …


news | 2016-10-03
All the Fall 2016 poetry is in the house!

…welcome Anahita Jamali Rad. Her debut collection, for love and autonomy, explores radical resistance in language. It is …


news | 2016-09-23
This Sunday: WORD Vancouver!

…will read from her debut collection of poetry, for love and autonomy, at 11:35 a.m. during EXPLORATIONS IN STYLE in …


news | 2016-07-04
Fall 2016 previews!

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