The reading room gathers poems, novels, articles + artworks that have inspired the poets + artists of theVERSEverse at important stages of their creative journeys.

These cultural artifacts are catalysts—generators of creative output. We hope they inspire you, too.

Walking & Falling

By Laurie Anderson

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Marina Abramovic’s Gaze

By Marina Abramović

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Disgrace

By JM. Coetzee

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up

By Nick Bostrom

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Infinite Skulls #05 DUO 2019

By Robbie Barrat & Ronan Barrot

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Just Kids & all her music

By Patti Smith

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

On #GLITCHFEMINISM and The Glitch Feminism Manifesto

By Legacy Russell

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Elegia Machina

By aurèce verrier

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Beloved

By Toni Morrison

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

SWOON

By Caledonia Curry

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

New Worlds in Old Stones

By Mary Frances

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

An Interview with Franny Choi

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Can’t and Won’t

By Lydia Davis

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Home is Where the Haunt Is—The Shining’s Hauntology

By k-punk

Suggested by:

Merchant Coppola

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

By T.S. Eliot

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Said the Shotgun to the Head

By Saul Williams

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

Midi La Lune

By Aurélie Nemours

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Bjork’s Homogenic & videos

By Björk

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

(everything, but most notably: Double Jeux, Vraies Histoires, Prenez soin de vous)

By Sophie Calle

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Ursonate

By Kurt Schwitters Performed by Eberhard Blum

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Love

By Alex Dimitrov

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Robinson Crusoe

By Mary Godolphin

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Certificate of Inauthenticity

By Rhea Myers

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Pendulum Music

By Steve Riech

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Livre d’heures d’Isabelle Stuart

By Maître de Giac

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Threshold

By Ryan Cook

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

The Glass Essay

By Anne Carson

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Santa Claus IX

By Alexander Calder

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

The Ecstasy of Influence

By Jonathan Lethem

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Le Mont Analogue

By René Dual

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Demeter to Persephone

By Alicia Ostriker

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

The Waste Land

By T.S. Eliot

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Sainte Victoire aux traits épais

By Vera Molnar

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

My God, It’s Full of Stars

By Tracy K. Smith

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Paysage de montagne

By Anna-Eva Bergman

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

The Tyger

By William Blake

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Show of Hands: Moholy-Nagy Lights the Way

By Lazlo Moholy-Nagy

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

The Piecemeal Bard Is Deconst ructed: Notes Toward a Potential Robopoetics

By Christian Bök

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Cent mille milliards de poèmes (One hundred million million poems)

By Raymond Queneau

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

The House of Dust

By Alison Knowles

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

The Machine of Poetry

By Matthew Zapruder

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Date Paintings

By On Kawara

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Citizen

By Claudia Rankine

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Tamburitza Lingua

By Ani DiFranco

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

Edgar Heap of Birds

By Edgar Heap of Birds

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow

By Ignacio Uriarte

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

One and Three Chairs

By Joseph Kosuth

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

London

By Keira Rathbone

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Declaration of Intent

By Lawrence Weiner

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Chemins Cherches, chemins perdus, transgressions

By Henri Michaux

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Porsche 911 type 993 air cooled engine repair manual

By Porsche

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Language and symbolic power

By Pierre Bourdieu

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed

By Racter

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Calligrammes : Poèmes de la paix et de la guerre

By Guillaume Apollinaire

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Ben Vautier

By Ben Vautier

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Untitled

By Hanne Darboven

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Xu Bing

By Xu Bing

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Krik? Krak!

By Edwidge Danticat

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

The Wild Iris

By Luise Glück

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Twin Towers

By Ian Monk

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Horses

By Franz Marc

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero