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Northwestern University Press
Winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize
“I aspire to imitate television in my poetry.”
Cecilia Corrigan’s first book, Titanic, is an epic love poem depicting the eternal gothic romance between man and machine.
Alan Turing, cracker of the Nazis’ Engima code during World War II, and the father of artificial intelligence, is the protagonist of this savagely witty and performative work of hybrid poetry. Turing escapes his frustrated love life and tragic death into the safe haven of virtual reality. The setting shifts from Snow White’s forest, to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s seminar at Cambridge, amid various iMessage chats and appearances by a variety of exciting guest stars, from Frank O’Hara and Judith Butler to Katy Perry and Julianne Moore’s BMW.
Fearless, feminist, and outrageous, this book will infect its readers with its desperate irony and tragic flipness. Titanic: collide with destiny!
6 x 9 / 166 pp.
Trade Paper $16.95