unpublishable: ubu editions
Ubu Editions has an ongoing project based on the question “What constitutes an unpublishable work…too long, too experimental, too dull…too far outside the range that you’re best known for…?” To dig into this, they invited authors to make submissions they thought, logistically or aesthetically, would be unpublishable in a world of high production and distribution costs and a certain level of expectation for context and approachability.
The resulting submissions range “from an 1018-page manuscript (unpublishable due to its length) to a volume of romantic high school poems written by a now-respected innovative poet” to a piece entitled “Between Words” consisting only of punctuation.
The project will conclude when 100 unpublishable works have been published by Ubu Editions. Read them all here, or just feel content knowing they’re there at all.
Continuing with the theme of questionable approachability, here’s Gertrude Stein reading her poem If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso.