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Jessica Bozek

Jessica Bozek, author of The Tales from Les Figues Press
Jessica Bozek is the author of The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback, 2009), as well as several chapbooks: Squint into the Sun (Dancing Girl), Other People’s Emergencies (Hive), Touristing (Dusie), and cor·re·spond·ence (Dusie). She runs the Small Animal...

The Tales

Jessica Bozek

Foreword by Sina Queyras
Poetry | $15.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-50-9
Binding: Softcover, Perfect
Published: December 31, 2013


Winner of the 2012 NOS Book Contest, as selected by guest judge Sina Queyras.

Stitching together a post-apocalyptic history from the scraps of fairy tales, war memorials, hunting songs, and disparate scholarship, Jessica Bozek’s The Tales traces the violence that humans inflict upon one another. As the central narrative of the Lone Survivor becomes revealed through the mouths of various perspectives, Bozek investigates the language that victims and perpetrators alike use to make sense of (and attempt to forget) the aftermath of violence. From ordinary objects–family photographs, sweaters that unravel, old batteries, and lightbulbs–to the remnants of destroyed art and architecture, an annihilated nation is brought into reality, and the Lone Survivor’s story is simultaneously documented and invalidated, becoming “a memorial that will disintegrate over time, gray and fray as most of the dead did not have a chance to.”

Praise for The Tales:

“Like the best dystopian offerings, The Tales is composed of the actual, complicated by the intellectual, and amplified by the whimsical: think Anne Carson meets The Canterbury Tales.”

 —Sina Queyras

“Jessica Bozek is that rare communicator with the power to make us see the world a little differently.”

—Maggie Millner, Zyzzyva

“Bozek’s experimentation arrives at a genre that both accommodates a dystopian consciousness and gives form to the voices, human and non-human, usually unheard.”

—Max Karpinski, Lemon Hound