Portland, OR (15 December 2016)—Fathom Books is pleased to announce the release of Owen Vince’s shortbook of poems, THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN.

THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN is the inaugural entry in Fathom’s SYSTEM \ CIRCULATORY SERIES for avant-garde games writing. It chronicles the myriad and mired livings of Nintendo’s greatest heroine, Samus Aran; the seriousness of its approach is a direct challenge to fanfic-style, soft video game ekphrasis.

Vince’s fifteen-part persona poem is written with the in-and-out poise of a scientist-diarist, blurring dissection and vocative. The sense of page’s architecture impacts the read significantly, with text moving abruptly between projective-, margin-based, and prose-poem stylings. These truly are the poems of a ‘galactic bounty hunter,’ her gender always half-shielded, her mission measureless and rough, her voice, in this case, set in the mouth of a gifted cross-genre artist. Very simply: THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN is the standard by which all future games art-writing must be judged.

Poet SJ Folwer says of the shortbook: ‘There isn’t a trace of filtering here, no decanting, the modernist complexity of space adventure finds its proper complex form amidst Anselm Hollo-like mis- and overhearings.’ He locates Vince’s gift in ‘splicing’—’where the innovative, the original, meets the discovered phrase.’

Owen Vince was educated at Cambridge, the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University College London, and University of the Arts London. Recent articles by Vince have appeared in Hotel, Failed Architecture, senses of cinema, 3:AM, and Noble / Gas Qtrly, where his essay “the building without organs” won the inaugural Birdwhistle Prize for non-fiction; he is founder and editor of the small press PYRAMID Editions.

Fathom Books is an imprint of SHARKPACK Poetry Review, a critical web journal addressing contemporary poetry and poetics since 2011. The SHARKPACK’s literary initiatives also include the creative glossy SHARKPACK Annual.

THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN is available for purchase through Fathom Books’ website. Limited review copies are available by request.

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