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They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

Poetry by Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis measures words, crosses languages, and invents forms. In a mode of inquiry, friction, and barbed naiveté, these four long poems trouble notions of history, self-knowledge, and intimacy, insisting that ”how to be” is a question we can never tire of confronting.

March 2016
6 x 9 | 112 Pages
Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-56689-420-3.



“As happy as the day is long I’ll get myself into the kind of trouble Moschovakis’s new book invites—the trouble linked to agitation (L. turbulus) and the confusion that comes from being one among many (L. turba, for crowd). Its parts decidedly intertextual and polyglot, think of it as a turbulence machine.”Mónica de la Torre

“Anna Moschovakis is a great abstract poet in the sense that she explores how formal procedures and found vocabularies and grammatical structures delimit what we can express at a given historical moment. But what makes her an indispensable writer is how she is able—and through her we are able—to experience questions of logical and linguistic relation as intensely lived, as sites not only of critical reflection, but of love. This book completes what I consider an essential poetic trilogy. It has expanded my sense of how I, you, they, we might address one another in the present tense of art.”Ben Lerner

“Anna Moschovakis’s writing shows us what we lose by our rend(er)ing of contemporary poetry into binary categories of ‘_____’ and ‘_____.’ Her poems traverse the boundaries of ‘lyric’ and ‘conceptual,’ national literatures, bodily conditions, time, consciousness, and language. ‘Whose I is this anyway?’ they ask with luminous poetic intelligence.”Dorothy Wang


Praise for Anna Moschovakis

“Deeply engaging . . . Moschovakis sets philosophy, etymology, and memory in motion to show that ‘There are many ways to follow a thought.’”Publishers Weekly

“Reading though the manuscript is like diving into a deep pool contained within a cavern, the resonance and echoing qualities provide such distinction, it is impossible to confuse the experience of this reading with anything else.” New York Journal of Books

“Once you’ve read any Moschovakis poetry book, you will be happily fated to read (and await) each new release by one of our most ardent and original poets.”Lit Hub

“…It feels smart, unsettled—at times evasive, and at others so straightforward that it hurts.” —American Poets

“If you’re interested in poetry that defies the boundaries of language and structure, They and We Will Get into Trouble for This is the collection for you.” Bustle

“Moschovakis achieves perfectly the anxiety of inexactness by claiming the dilemma of language.” Fanzine

“The poem and the collection it calls home pulse with lines full of power . . . in forms interesting enough to be compelling but not experimental enough to be off-putting. It’s a fine line, and the distinction is vital for Moschovakis.” Flavorwire

“Her style is somewhat similar to Rae Armantrout’s. Both poets are infinitely curious, and not only do they approach each poem with a question, but they often end the poem with a question. There’s rarely a straight answer. . . . I enjoy and appreciate her philosophically bent poetry, her austere use of language, and the sense of violence that charges her poems.”—San Francisco Bay Guardian

Anna Moschovakis is the author of You and Three Others are Approaching a Lake, winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection of the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poetry Series. Raised in Los Angeles, Moschovakis studied philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley before turning to writing, and has worked a variety of jobs in restaurants, on film sets, at magazines, and in institutions of higher education. Currently she is a freelance editor, an active member of the nonprofit publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, and a visiting professor in the writing program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.