“Acker discards, mangles, and rewrites literary conventions. Using words as weapons to smash her way into modernity, she pushes language to the tension point, explodes and reclaims it. What emerges is a new way of writing, ensuring Acker’s place at the backbone of America’s postmodern literature.”Boston Sunday Herald
Pussy King of the Pirates
978-0-8021-3484-4 • $13.50 • Paperback • Jan. 1997
Kathy Acker was a major figure in postmodern literature for
many years. Pussy, King of the Pirates takes her original, experimental
style one step further, marking the apex of Acker’s abilities as a hypnotic and
Loosely related to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure
Island, Pussy, King of the Pirates is a grrrl pirate story that journeys
from the most famous whorehouse in Alexandria though an unidentified, crumbling
city that may or may not be sometime in the future, to Brighton Town, England,
and, finally, to a ship headed toward Pirate Island, where the stories converge
and the vision ends.
Ransacking world history, literature, and language itself to
speak to the current zeitgeist, Pussy, King of the Pirates is the
literary analogue to the wild girl energy that dominates our rock and roll
culture in the 1990s.
A daring and passionate litany of disparate narratives and
voices, poetry and prose, words and images, Kathy Acker’s newest novel is
perhaps her most subversive to date. Her meditations on love, sex, death, and
art have made her a writer like no one else working today.