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YOU ARE NOT ASLEEP  ISBN 978-1-927367-45-2
author: Melody Sumner Carnahan
172 pp., 8.5 x 5.5 in., offset, paper covers
Teksteditions, May 2014  /  Purchase from Teksteditions > here

“Carnahan, in YOU ARE NOT ASLEEP, is a fearless writer; flying, devising, cursed by a witch, consider her formidable, a change continuing.” —Eddie Mumford, author of Invisible Foxes

“YOU ARE NOT ASLEEP  inhabits a frontier where the self and the world meet, merge, divide, and separate. Melody Sumner Carnahan’s iconic stories are fables for a new era. Her writing constellates what is most intriguing and provocative in these pioneering times when art, science, and the evolution of consciousness are joined at the hip and artists can be their own best astronauts of meaning.” —Diane Armitage

“Astoundingly original. Certain passages are breathtaking in writing skill, which was predicted, in a way, in Carnahan’s earlier books. This is entirely new territory. A major work.” —Robert Ashley [about Only a Messenger]

“There have been few precedents to this kind of sustained avant-garde literature with a moving, human content.” —Charles Shere, Oakland Tribune

“Carnahan ranks among the keenest prose writers in America. . . . No other writer since e. e. cummings has inspired such a wealth of innovative music.” —Richard Kostelanetz, A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

“Carnahan[’s] enigmatic texts have formed the basis for more pieces of music I know than any other recent writer can claim. . . . The most musical prose since Gertrude Stein.” —Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

“Hilarious, haunting, always striking . . . Carnahan is a visionary artist [who], against the backdrop of Top 40 music and Bestseller literature, sticks out like a crazy flower growing up through the middle of a square mile of asphalt.” —Jim Barnes, Independent Publisher

“Dense, inspiring wordcraft. Indeed, while [it] stands bold and upright in the face of variant definitions of the avant-garde . . . it’s also expansive and comforting in the same way vast open space frees the soul.” —Michael Henningsen, Weekly Alibi