MISERABLE by Samuel Brzeski & Sam Riviere
130 x 190mm, 356 pages, Black & white printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, Ed. of 240, 2021
Part performance transcript, part conceptual writing exercise, this project works from an extract from Sam Riviere’s poem Miserable I hope you do too. The original text was rewritten and recombined into multiple possibilities of form and content by artist and writer Samuel Brzeski. The variations of this text were then recited by Brzeski – from memory – in a semi-improvisational way over a four hour performance that took place at Black Box Theatre in Oslo. Focusing on the meditative pace and rhythmic intonation of the original poem, various alternative possibilities for the poetic narrative were imagined and explored, creating a generative palimpsest of poetic experience that was shared with the audience. Here, the text from the performance is transcribed, allowing the poem to further mutate and shift from the realm of the voice back onto the space of the page. With an introduction by the original poet, Sam Riviere.