Notes Toward a Pamphlet

Notes Toward a Pamphlet

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Author: Sergio Chejfec

Translator: Whitney DeVos

Publisher: Ugly Duckling Presse (2020)

Edition of 1,000

Argentine poet Samich moves from the provinces to the outskirts of Buenos Aires and decides to turn his life into a work of art. Fumbling through a world constructed of intuitions and beliefs, he has scant preparation and few firm ideas about how to do this. Nonetheless, he develops a cult following. Fiction writer and essayist Sergio Chejfec offers a series of numbered notes as an outline of Samich’s thinking-in-process, investigating the pamphlet form as a “megaphone” for the dissemination of “views” bound by “a situation of existence” of a poet who “aspired to a voice permanently lowered.” As if to say: by means of the pamphlet, the biography becomes the work.

This pamphlet is part of UDP’s 2020 Pamphlet Series: twenty commissioned essays on collective work, translation, performance, pedagogy, poetics, and small press publishing. The pamphlets are available for individual purchase and as a subscription. Each offers a different approach to the pamphlet as a form of working in the present, an engagement at once sustained and ephemeral.