The Saddest Thing is That I Have Had To Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader

Lucy Ives (ed.)


Siglio, 2020. Softcover, 328pp., 6 x 8 inches


This revelatory anthology, edited and with an introduction by the writer and critic Lucy Ives, brings together never-before-published poems and essays from the poet, philosopher, speculative architect and transdisciplinary artist Madeline Gins. Included is a complete facsimile reproduction of Gins’ 1969 masterpiece, WORD RAIN (or A Discursive Introduction to the Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says), along with substantial excerpts from her two later books What the President Will Say and Do!! (1984) and Helen Keller or Arakawa (1994). Long out of print or unpublished, Gins’ poems and prose form a powerful corpus of experimental literature, one which is sure to upend existing narratives of American poetics at the close of the 20th century.