Visually arresting and utterly one-of-a-kind, Sarah J. Sloat’s Hotel Almighty (Sarabande Books) is a book-length erasure of Misery by Stephen King, a reimagining of the novel’s themes of constraint and possibility in elliptical, enigmatic poems. Here, “joy would crawl over broken glass, if that was the way.” Here, sleep is â€œa circle whose diameter might be small,” a circle “pitifully small,” a “wrecked and empty hypothetical circle.” Paired with Sloat’s stunning mixed-media collage, each poem is a miniature canvas, a brief associative profile of the psycheâ€•its foibles, obsessions, and delights. (Description by the publisher.)
â€œWhen I was doing [Hotel Almighty] and even now when I work on projects, a lot of what I find Iâ€™m doing is just expressing a love of reading and of books themselves,â€ says Sloat in discussing her new book. â€œI mean, I just love paper. To take a book and be able to make it into something â€” that was really fun and exciting for me.â€
Hereâ€™s a sample of Sloat’s writing and art from the book:
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