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Real Life

An Installation

Julie Carr


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In a book rich with formal variety and lyric intensity, Carr takes up economic inequality, gendered violence, losses both personal and national, and the crisis of the body within all of these forces. Real Life: An Installation is a terrifying book, but one that keeps us close as it moves through the disruptions and eruptions of the real.

Praise For Real Life: An Installation

"Art installations dramatically enfold us, conveying a heightened sense of our world, but what if life itself were viewed as one large installation? . . . All of this yields, as one poem is titled, 'The Lived Experience of Social Power'—and in fact experience in general. Reading this book feels like living and breathing the life we live and breathe, and Carr manages to make it all compulsively readable. VERDICT: Sharp social and political observation from a poet who does it right."
— Library Journal's Best Fall Poetry Titles

"Is Real Life: An Installation a powerful exoneration or a full-blooded confession? Yes."
— Poetry Foundation

Omnidawn, 9781632430571, 232pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2018

About the Author

JULIE CARR is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and Think Tank, and the prose works Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry, Objects from a Borrowed Confession, and Someone Shot My Book. Carr’s co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory is due out in 2018. Carr is an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. With Tim Roberts she is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden in Denver.