and then I go back to being too much -it happens when I go ubu

& Publishing The Unpublishable
Edited by Danny Snelson, Brian Kim Stefans & Kenneth Goldsmith

quote from ubu "What constitutes an unpublishable work? It could be many things: too long, too experimental, too dull; too exciting; it could be a work of juvenilia or a style you've long since discarded; it could be a work that falls far outside the range of what you're best known for; it could be a guilty pleasure or it could simply be that the world judges it to be awful, but you think is quite good. We've all got a folder full of things that would otherwise never see the light of day.

Invited authors were invited to ponder to that question. The works found here are their responses, ranging from an 1018-page manuscript (unpublishable due to its length) to a volume of romantic high school poems written by a now-respected innovative poet. You get the idea.

The web is a perfect place to test the limits of unpublishability. With no printing, design or distribution costs, we are free to explore that which would never have been feasible, economically and aesthetically. While this exercise began as an exploration and provocation, the resultant texts are unusually rich; what we once considered to be our trash may, after all, turn out to be our greatest treasure.

The series will conclude when the 100th manuscript is published".

Bruce Andrews Divestiture - A (1994)

Bruce Andrews WhDiP, a sequence from White Dialect Poetry 445pp (PDF, 825k)*

Bruce Andrews Libretto from White Dialect Poetry 166pp (PDF, 476k)*

Mary Jo Bang By M 4pp (PDF, 8.2mb)*

Steve Benson The Ball // 30 Times in 2 Days (2005)

Caroline Bergvall Eclat

Charles Bernstein Three Poems 8pp (PDF, 230k)*

Maurice Blanchot The Last Man (1957)

Christian Bök The Xenotext Experiment 11pp (PDF, 220k)*

Mairéad Byrne SOS Poetry (2007)

Barbara Cole Situation Comedies: Foxy Moron

Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch from Conversations Over Stolen Food 66pp (PDF, 364k)*

Claude Closky Laying Down 15pp (PDF, 24k)*

Claude Closky Couché sur le ventre 15pp (PDF, 24k)*

Jean Day Linear C & The I and the You

Kevin Davies Pause Button

Brian J. Davis Voice Over 23pp (PDF, 212k)

Tim Davis Sweet Little Racist Landscape Suite 7pp (PDF, 12.4mb)*

Stephen DIrle Onan The Illierate 1080pp (PDF, 3.8mb)*

Jamba Dunn American Dust 124pp (PDF, 588k)*

Craig Dworkin Smokes

Craig Dworkin Maps 8pp (PDF, 156k)*

Deanna Ferguson Rough Bush and Other Poems

Deanna Ferguson The Relative Minor

Robert Fitterman This Window Makes Me Feel

Robert Fitterman Hi My Name Is: A Libretto 21pp (PDF, 120k)*

Richard Foreman Now That Communism is Dead My Life Feels Empty

Madeline Gins What the President Will Say and Do!!

Kenneth Goldsmith All The Numbers From Numbers 22pp (PDF, 177k)*

Jessica Grim Vexed

Dick Higgins Horizons (1984)

Toadex Hobgrammathon Name, A Novel

Tom Johnson The Voice of New Music (1972-1982) 294pp (PDF, 7.8mb)*

Robert Kelly Cruise of the Pnyx

Madelyn Kent São Paolo

George Kuchar The Kiss of Frankenstein 27pp (PDF, 296k)*

Aaron Kunin The Mauberley Series

Alan Licht Spring Without Alan Licht 20pp (PDF, 220k)*

Ira Lightman Trancelated (from Coinsides)

Tan Lin BIB. 269pp (PDF, 956k)*

Peter Manson Adjunct: An Undigest

Peter Manson English in Mallarmé 88pp (PDF, 684k)*

Nicholas Moore Spleen: Thirty-one versions of Baudelaire's Je suis comme le roi...

Gustave Morin Spaghetti Dreadful (trailer for A Penny Dreadful)

Simon Morris An Intolerable Piece of Writing: Pedagogy as Performed Absence 90pp (PDF, 396k)*

Bernard Nöel The Outrage Against Words (1978)

Eiríkur Örn Nordahl Hemd stafakarlanna, 1.hluti 2pp (PDF, 11.6mb)*

Doug Nufer Rumor 21pp (PDF, 244k)*

Larry Price Circadium

Stephen Ratcliffe Human / Nature 1003pp (PDF, 1.1mb)*

Stephen Ratcliffe Cloud / Ridge 479pp (PDF, 656k)*

Kimberly J. Rosenfield The Unsurpassed Joy 53pp (PDF, 272k)*

Raphael Rubinstein Through a Blue Field 10pp (PDF, 188k)*

Severo Sarduy Big Bang (1973)

Michael Scharf Vérité

Michael Scharf Selected Criticism, Jeffery Jullich 252pp (PDF, 2.3mb)*

Lytle Shaw Low-Level Bureaucratic Structures / Principles of the Emeryville Shellmound

Ara Shirinyan Speech Genres 1-2 294pp (PDF, 7.8mb)*

Jeremy Sigler Math 34pp (PDF, 3mb)*

Ron Silliman The Chinese Notebook

Ron Sillman 2197

Ron Sillman Sunset Debris

Claude Simon Properties of Several Geometric or Non-Geometric Figures (1971)

Juliana Spahr Response

Brian Kim Stefans Alpha Betty's Chronicles

Brian Kim Stefans Gulf

Brian Kim Stefans Booty, Egg On 160pp (PDF, 14.8mb)*

Mónica de la Torre Overkill: First English Poems (1993-1995) 16pp (PDF, 188k)*

Rosemarie Waldrop Shorter American Memory (1988)

Hannah Weiner Little Books / Indians

Mac Wellman The Lesser Magoo

Darren Wershler-Henry The Tapeworm Foundry

Robert Wilson A Letter For Queen Victoria: An Opera (1974)

Monique Wittig Les Guérillères (1969) Removed by request of the copyright holder.

(* connotes that title is part of Publishing The Unpublishable Series)

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