You are here

The Cloud Notebook (Paperback)

The Cloud Notebook By Ada Smailbegovic Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


Selected by Tracie Morris in our 2020 Open Call for First Books.

Ada Smailbegovic's debut collection, THE CLOUD NOTEBOOK, is a long poem that unfolds from the narrative instability and fracturing that occurs from experiences of forced displacement and war, and from configurations of gender and power. Rendering spaces of waiting, suspension, and a kind of fractal recurrence in which the fragment is held, revisited, and re-performed in memory, Smailbegovic explores how languages and objects come to compose worlds, as well as to carry traces of dislocated and disappearing worlds. The poem assumes what Sara Ahmed refers to as a "migrant orientation" as a continuous problematic of narration or representation. Deftly dissolving the seam between language and sensation, material and thought, THE CLOUD NOTEBOOK is at once playful, probing, elegiac, humorous, and ceaselessly, spellbindingly metamorphic.

About the Author

Ada Smailbegovic is a poet and theorist born in Sarajevo and living in a series of geographical displacements between Providence, Vancouver and New York. She is an assistant professor of English at Brown University. Her writing explores relations between poetics, nonhuman forms of materiality, histories of description, and the natural sciences. She is a cofounder of The Organism for Poetic Research. Select critical and poetic works have included "Of Poodles, Mockingbirds and Beetles: Gertrude Stein's Zoopoetics" (College Literature, 2019), "From Code to Shape" (differences, 2018), The Forest / On Waiting (Doublecross Press, 2017), "Cloud Writing" (Art in the Anthropocene, 2015) and "Of the Dense and Rare" (Triple Canopy, 2013). Her book Poetics of Liveliness: Molecules, Fibers, Tissues, Clouds was published by Columbia University Press in 2021.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933959610
ISBN-10: 1933959614
Publisher: Litmus Press
Publication Date: March 20th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English