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  • Image of INTENDED AMERICAN DICTIONARY | Kate Partridge
  • Image of INTENDED AMERICAN DICTIONARY | Kate Partridge

Of Kate Partridge's Intended American Dictionary, Srikanth Reddy writes that "like her literary paramour, Walt Whitman—Partridge addresses us, too, in every line that she puts together. Intended American Dictionary is a love letter, a reading of Whitman’s poetics, a wry meditation on the history of phrenology in the United States, and a lexicon of desire".

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Sally Keith writes "What happens when phrenology crosses poetry? If measuring what is inside can determine the outside, what does it mean to put one thing beside the other? So goes the inquiry of Kate Partridge’s fascinating Intended American Dictionary, a cross-genre text that records the experience of reading Leaves of Grass while taking into account Whitman’s fascination with phrenology. From “Hope” to “Viscera” these definitions are written to veer, to blend humor and fact, to cross the personal with the researched. What a joy to be lost in these thoughts, left wondering: What good is symmetry? Will I ever be what I am meant to be? How might this even matter?"

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32 pp
12 x 18 cm
Printed and bound in Ghent, Belgium, by Alfabet Drukkerij
Edition of 130, numbered

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