No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself.
Robert Fitterman's new book-length poem borrows its poetic form, loosely, from James Schuyler's The Morning of the Poem, to orchestrate hundreds of found articulations of sadness and loneliness from blogs and online posts. A collective subjectivity composed through the avatar of a singular speaker emerges. But the real protagonist of NO WAIT, YEP. DEFINITELY STILL HATE MYSELF. is subjectivity as a mediated construct—the steady stream of personal articulations that we have access to are personal articulations themselves already mediated via song lyrics, advertising, or even broadcasters. NO, WAIT... blurs the boundary between collective articulation and personal speech, while underscoring the ways in which poetic form participates in the mediation of intimate expression.
Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including NO WAIT, YEP. DEFINITELY STILL HATE MYSELF (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), HOLOCAUST MUSEUM (Counterpath, 2013), NOW WE ARE FRIENDS (Truck Books, 2010), ROB THE PLAGIARIST (Roof Books, 2009), WAR, THE MUSICAL (Subpress, 2006), and NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem "Metropolis," has been published in 4 separate volumes. Rob's Word Shop—an artist's book based on a durational performance project—is forthcoming from UDP in 2015. He is the founder of Collective Task—a collective of over 30 international artists and writers who complete monthly "tasks" assigned by its members. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.