Unforeseen Alliances
Sally Alatalo writing as Anita M-28
Genre fiction calls particular attention to the objectification of language and its capacity to function as
material as much as meaning. The ready availability of instructional books on how to write genre forms
affirms the condition of text as a plug-in for a story that has already been told. Such instructions pervert
the literary agency of the writer and ask whether her project is, rather, one of collecting, rearranging and
recontextualising. Unforeseen Alliances addresses this phenomenon by utilizing titles of extant romance
novels to construct poetry in which each line of each poem is the title of a novel.
Offset lithography; perfect binding, 2001