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Ben Fama


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February 2014
Limited-edition handmade chapbook
7 x 8.5 inches
16 pages
Full-color inkjet cover on glossy stock
Translucent flyleaves in pastel yellow
Machine-stitched single-sheet binding

“Forever is the saddest word
The poem’s not worth it
I’d like to read to you
What Andy Warhol said
About the traps of the rich
But my tastes are changing
This is a love note
To a Fire Island lifeguard
Tuscano shearling
And mauve champagne
I should never talk
Even after two sips
Though that’s when I can
I hate the George V hotel
But I would take you there
Then walk to the open market
Some thoughts are not that great
The Internet is my home
Where it’s easy to be beautiful
And seen and new
In the glow
In the spell”

—from “Fantasy”

Odalisque was the first chapbook in the 2014 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series wasill be released in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies, followed by a digital release. Odalisque will also be included in BOUND: The Second Array (forthcoming in 2019).

“Ocean Drive,” the flamingo pattern on the cover, was created by London-based textile designer Francesca Lahiri-Langley. The glossy large format and multi-column layout were inspired by magazine design.

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Fama, Ben