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Hardcover | $36.95 Trade | £27.95 | ISBN: 9780262012249 | 428 pp. | 8.5 x 11 in | 15 b&w illus.| March 2006

Language to Cover a Page

The Early Writings of Vito Acconci

About the Author

Conceptual artist Vito Acconci is known for his work in performance and video art.

About the Editor

Craig Dworkin, Professor in the English Department at the University of Utah, is the author of Reading the Illegible and the editor of Language to Cover a Page: The Early Writings of Vito Acconci (MIT Press).


“Before he became famous as video, performance, and multimedia artist, Vito Acconci considered himself to be a poet -- a designer, so to speak, of printed pages. His fascinating poetic experiments, most of them previously unpublished, take ordinary, colloquial language and apply both formal constraints and Wittgensteinian propositions to their articulation. Decades ahead of its time, the writing Craig Dworkin has lovingly assembled and edited for this collection uncannily anticipates our own verbivocovisual experiments: here 'delay' becomes revelation!”
Marjorie Perloff, author of Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary
“Vito Acconci's remarkable array of textual productions, presented by poet-scholar Craig Dworkin, is a terric contribution to our understanding of the ways in which visual, verbal, and performance are intersected in the later decades of the 20th century. Acconci's tects embody the many facets of his own complex practice, and the process-driven works collected here document a crucial period in the history of experimental writing. This book will make clear the extent to whcih Acconci is one of the major artisit-writers of coneptual art. As for Dworkin, who better to take on the task than the sophisticated reader-practitioner of the creative and critical arts?”
Jonathan Drucker, Robertson Professor of Media Studies, University of Virgina