Books

Sherwood Forest
Camille Roy

“Camille Roy rides the catch between poetry and prose like a girl who grew up riding horses. Her steed through Sherwood Forest feels a lot like R. Crumb—you know big women piggybacking little men and everyone living in a female forest (I believe) or else this reading journey feels like the rational mind on a weekend holiday with fantasy and lust bridled only by the limitation that it sound good and Sherwood Forest absolutely does.”
    —Eileen Myles

“In its capacity to stop time, Sherwood Forest opens its reader to a future made “suddenly visible.” A “narration” that’s both “desire” and what incubates it: the capacity to “float.” Imagine a forest floating in the air. Camille Roy does this. She is a writer who lets her reader dream, past tree-line. Where the sentences flare and dim, like ‘sexy bodies.’ Like a memory of touch. Like “body parts” and ‘tissue’—a luminous genitalia—above a pond.”
    —Bhanu Kapil

“Sure smells nice, Sherwood Forest, and sounds pretty too, thanks to the tirelessness of Camille Roy’s registration. Who wouldn’t want to draw breath there, a kind of exquisite corpse that, for once, would be sublime. A picture of communal free will, drawn on the wall. The best hospice for despair, Sherwood Forest is where natural desires go to look in the mirror and die, for once, gracefully.”

    —Bob Perelman

About the Author
Camille Roy is a writer and performer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her most recent books include Cheap Speech, a play (Leroy), and Craquer, a fictional autobiography (2nd Story), as well as Swarm, two novellas (Black Star Series). Earlier books include The Rosy Medallions (Kelsey Street) and Cold Heaven, plays (O Books). She also co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House) and was a founding editor of the online journal Narrativity. Roy has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, California State University Summer Arts, and Naropa University. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Reviews and Links
Review of Sherwood Forest, Publisher’s Weekly 
Review of Sherwood Forest, XPoetics
Interview with Camille Roy, The Disinhibitor

Cover Image
D.L. Alvarez, The Common Good, 2008 (detail).

 


Spring 2011

128 pages, 6 × 8 inches
Paperback Poetry
978-0982279854

$16 U.S.
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Spring 2011

128 pages, 6 × 8 inches
Paperback Poetry
978-0982279854

$16 U.S.
View Buy

“Camille Roy rides the catch between poetry and prose like a girl who grew up riding horses. Her steed through Sherwood Forest feels a lot like R. Crumb—you know big women piggybacking little men and everyone living in a female forest (I believe) or else this reading journey feels like the rational mind on a weekend holiday with fantasy and lust bridled only by the limitation that it sound good and Sherwood Forest absolutely does.”
    —Eileen Myles

“In its capacity to stop time, Sherwood Forest opens its reader to a future made “suddenly visible.” A “narration” that’s both “desire” and what incubates it: the capacity to “float.” Imagine a forest floating in the air. Camille Roy does this. She is a writer who lets her reader dream, past tree-line. Where the sentences flare and dim, like ‘sexy bodies.’ Like a memory of touch. Like “body parts” and ‘tissue’—a luminous genitalia—above a pond.”
    —Bhanu Kapil

“Sure smells nice, Sherwood Forest, and sounds pretty too, thanks to the tirelessness of Camille Roy’s registration. Who wouldn’t want to draw breath there, a kind of exquisite corpse that, for once, would be sublime. A picture of communal free will, drawn on the wall. The best hospice for despair, Sherwood Forest is where natural desires go to look in the mirror and die, for once, gracefully.”

    —Bob Perelman

About the Author
Camille Roy is a writer and performer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her most recent books include Cheap Speech, a play (Leroy), and Craquer, a fictional autobiography (2nd Story), as well as Swarm, two novellas (Black Star Series). Earlier books include The Rosy Medallions (Kelsey Street) and Cold Heaven, plays (O Books). She also co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House) and was a founding editor of the online journal Narrativity. Roy has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, California State University Summer Arts, and Naropa University. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Reviews and Links
Review of Sherwood Forest, Publisher’s Weekly 
Review of Sherwood Forest, XPoetics
Interview with Camille Roy, The Disinhibitor

Cover Image
D.L. Alvarez, The Common Good, 2008 (detail).