This item will be released on March 10, 2020.

“Eli’s Orange is an outrageous leap into the discourse of grief, an enchanted toast to the complexities of the stories of self, low and high. Wryly wise and cheerfully grotesque, this compelling text is both blues and blueprint for a new territory.” — Ed Skoog, author of Travelers Leaving for the City, Mister Skylight & Run the Red Lights

“The most fun I’ve ever had reading a book. About a dead dog. While resting my hand on my own dog, seventeen years old, the entire time. The most invigorating experience I’ve ever had reading a book. Like going for a walk, or being taken on a walk and tugging to go faster, faster, and then stopping and turning, chasing, exploring for a while and then, oh yes, going forth again. The most out-of-body experience I’ve ever had reading a book, and perhaps the closest I may ever get to feeling what it feels like to be a dog(!?), while reading a very touching, very human, being’s thoughts, while resting my hand on my own dog’s head and holding her close while reading this book about a dead dog and crying, while laughing, because this is the most fun I’ve ever had reading a book so sad.” — Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart & Desire: A Haunting

“My dog died today.”

So begins Orange, the first book by Seattle poet E. Briskin.

With playful digressions into anecdote, the philosophy of consciousness, literature, and animal behavioral science, Orange approaches grief at once tangentially and directly. Its narrator—disconnected, mournful, comic, angry, irreverent, overwrought, and seemingly always in a coffee shop—wants to understand the lost dog and to memorialize it, or maybe, in grieving, to regain what is lost.

Orange is a book that resists genre, gendering, and chronology. Written in a furrowed numbering scheme that can be read vertically or horizontally, its form reflects the way our psyche is fragmented and unified by loss.

Like all of our books, Orange includes a generous selection of easy-to-download audio of the author reading their work.

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7.5 x 5.5 inches, 260 pages

Publication Date

March 10, 2020