Andrew Brooks and Kay Gabriel discuss their two books out from Rosa Press. Other topics include the relationship between communism and poetry, formal aspects of their works, love as a transformational force, argumentation in poetry vs. the essay, pleasure and its relationship to struggle, gender liberation, abolition, and sensuous experience.
Rosa Press, established in 2020 in Sydney, Australia, is a collective that publishes pamphlets, posters, books, and miscellanea. The Press is committed to communism and its poetics.
Andrew Brooks is a writer, artist, and teacher. He is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate and a member of the Rosa Press publishing collective. Homework, a book of essays co-authored with Astrid Lorange, was published by Discipline in 2021. Inferno was published by Rosa Press in 2021.
Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. With Andrea Abi-Karam she co-edited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat, 2020). Kissing Other People or the House of Fame (Rosa Press, 2021) is her first collection.
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