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Blackout Poems by Aaron Rose

Blackout Poems by Aaron Rose




Paperback, 124 pages
4.25 in. x 6.75 in. | 107.95 mm. x 171.45 mm.

During the 1990s in Downtown New York, Aaron Rose penned over one hundred works of poetry and prose. The writings were crudely executed on cocktail napkins, scrap paper, and in pocket-sized notebooks. Most were written while sitting in dive bars in the East Village and the Lower East Side.

Having been hidden in storage for over 25 years, they have now been transcribed for the first time.

The works in Blackout Poems speak to confusion, love, and loss. They offer a raw and honest glimpse into the mindset of a young artist in his early 20s as he maneuvered his way through a dark and exciting time in New York.


Aaron Rose is an American film director, artist, exhibition curator, and writer. Rose is known as the co-director of Beautiful Losers, a film that focuses on an art movement whose members include artists Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Steven "Espo" Powers, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, and Shepard Fairey. He also directed Hamburger Eyes, a documentary about Ray and David Potes' San Francisco-based photography zine of the same name, which was co-produced by Hat & Beard Films, along with the companion book SF Eyes. You can learn more about Aaron here:



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