I REMEMBER Joe Brainard
I Remember is a masterpiece. One by one the so-called important books of our time will be forgotten, but Joe Brainard’s modest little gem will endure ... It is also one of the few totally original books I have ever read.
Joe Brainard’s memories of growing up in the ’40s and ’50s have universal appeal. He catalogues his past in terms of fashion and fads, public events and private fan- tasies, with such honesty and accuracy and in such abundance that, sooner or late , his history coincides with ours and we are hooked.
The Village Voice
I Remember is a literary and artistic cult classic that has been issued in various forms over the past thirty years. Ron Padgett recalls: “I don’t remember the genesis of I Remember, but as soon as Joe Brainard showed the initial version to friends and read it in public, everyone immediately recognized that he had happened onto something wonderful ... Joe’s originality came from the fresh way he looked at things. He saw straight through complexity and preconception to the clear and obvious. Instead of writing an autobiography or mem- oir, neither of which he was inter- ested in doing, he simply wrote more than 1,000 brief entries that begin with the words ‘I remember.’” “ A C O M P L E T E L Y o r i g i n a l b o o k . ” —Edmund White
JOE BRAINARD is equally well-known as a writer and an artist. His drawings, col- lages, assemblages and paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, and the Joe Brainard Archive at the University of California-San Diego, among others. While living in New York from 1961 until his death in 1994, Brainard became friends with many writers and painters associated with the New York School, including Frank O’Hara, Kenward Elmslie, Joseph LeSeuer, Alex Katz, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, Edwin Denby, John Ashbery, Fairfield Porter and Rudy Burckhardt, many of whom collaborated with him.
Poetry • 2001 • ISBN 1-887123-48-2 • $12.00 PB • 4 1/2" x 6 3/4" • 184 pp