Black Venus Fly Trap
Poems by Jeanetta Rich
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A shocking debut poetry collection that invites readers to grapple with the origins of a world that both hates and needs Black women. A disruptive hagiography of the Black Venus & Sapphire, mammy bulldaggers, and welfare queens, Rich’s collection splendidly desecrates poetic elitism. Black Venus Fly Trap is an eldritch account of Black femininity simultaneously born from the chorus of refusal and unlike anything written before.
"That frisson of realness, the unsayable that can be lost when we ask language to convey the infinite interiority of the black woman—Black Venus Fly Trap rescues it." – Doreen St. Felix
"Jeanetta Rich’s writing doesn’t sit on the page, it oozes over your psyche. Fearless and complex, defiant and radiant! I love it." – Kim Gordon
“Jeanetta Rich once told me that as a child she used to spend hours staring at a painting of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Black Venus Flytrap is like that painting: splendid and profane and entirely just. Jeanetta’s writing turns each page into a museum of art and we are lucky to admire it. It’s exquisite and it stings—which is how you know it’s working.” – Elaine Kahn
Jeanetta Rich is a mother and poet based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on the emotional lives of voiceless women, those who have been silenced through poverty and/or lack of education. Her work was recently featured in Texte zur Kunst’s 30th Anniversary issue, "The Feminist." Black Venus Fly Trap is her debut poetry collection.
A Novel By Emily Segal
Autofiction. Emily Segal, artist and trend forecaster in her 20s, tries to tell the future by reading the present. Literature finds commercial form in the shape of eXe, a mysterious and well-funded Internet start-up that offers her a job. A conceptual take-over is deployed; gendered power play ensues; queerness incubates; memes converge. Set in New York City, post-Occupy and pre-Trump. First person / mixed media / pulp. Not actually about astrology. Published in 2020.
*A New York Times New and Notable Book 2020*
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"Original, funny, and sharp." The Times Literary Supplement
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“I had so much fun reading it. It’s so fucking smart. It’s like a love story between a girl and her intellect. And it’s so cool to be all up in there with her.” Michelle Tea
“A thought-provoking and often extremely funny first novel looking back at the 2010s, which I couldn't put down. I should also say this book offered some very cathartic food-for-thought on the strange ways capital, cultural capital, and the Internet interacted in the 10s, for those of you who are still haunted by trying to make sense of it all.” Emilie Friedlander, VICE
“Segal provides a wickedly sharp and sardonic depiction of the socioeconomic and cultural conditions of a particular cross-section of...the city. ... Through autofiction, she depicts and reinforces the semantic slipperiness of art, of advertising, of technology — of meaning itself. ... What’s at stake [in Mercury Retrograde] is not what can be known, but the disorienting, all-too-human experience of not knowing.” Kate Silzer, Hyperallergic
“Part lookbook of the era’s anxieties and attitudes, part memoir, part satire, Segal’s novel navigates these scenes as one should: with humor, irony, and style.” Daniel Rathburn, Harvard Review
“Her novel [is] a tale deviating from the autofiction roman à clef trend of her peers…. It’s… a novel that brandishes and parodies self-aggrandizing behavior, one of the animating passions of literature and art in a decade haunted by the recursive nature of the internet…. Unlike the selfie-styled novels of her peers, stuffed with self- aggrandizement and drunk on idle success, Segal’s novel debases form, replacing the dead author with a living artist.” John Belknap, Flash Art
Emily Segal (b. 1988, New York, NY) is an artist, writer, and trend forecaster based in Los Angeles. Mercury Retrograde is her first novel. emilysegal.net