Baroness Elsa’s Em Dashes

Seme, Astrid

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“The purpose of the em dash is wide-ranging —as an appropriation of silence, as acting dissonance, as interruption, as occupying space. This anthology zooms into the pointed use of em dashes in the poems of pioneering Dadaist artist, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874 – 1927). Her poems; performances; costumes and life-style all made a point of challenging extremely challenged bourgeois artistic and moral conventions with an unapologetically feminist, proto-punk aesthetic. The reader will find Elsa’s works in conversation with the likes of well-known dashers such as Gertrude Stein, Laurence Sterne, Heinrich von Kleist or the queen of dashing herself Emily Dickinson.”

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven used the em-dash, the dash as long as the M is wide, freely in her poems; the present book is an anthology of dashing in print, poetry and performance as well as an homage to the remarkable Baroness, soft cover, 14,5 x 10 cm, 88 not numbered pages, vol.1 of the series ‘Black Forest Library’,(Vienna) 2019

ISBN: 978-3-9504525-4-9