ACTIVE RECEPTION by Noah Ross
190 x 240mm, black and white printing, perfect bound, 88 pages, perfect bound, 2021
Active Reception opens to the world around us through its myriad life forms—as a book of bottoming, queer kin, and a history of letters that thinks through a mode of writing from the bottom.
“The phenomenology of bottoming has rarely if ever received as brilliant a sounding or as voracious an investigation as Noah Ross gives the subject in Active Reception. Encountering this sense-expanding poem, this radical recital, I’m given delirious incentive to rethink my own relation to bodies, inside and out. Head-rushes and heart-rushes of affinity, of consanguinity, and a flushed sense of rekindled possibilities (for art, politics, sexuality) are the happy consequences, for this reader, of taking in the full measure of Ross’s call to action. The book’s visual and prosodic inventiveness matches its hot insistence on writing the body accurately, musically, with an appetite for the irregular mark and the unrestricted (yet tightly measured) flood.” - Wayne Koestenbaum