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.

Declaration of Intent

By Lawrence Weiner

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

The Waste Land

By T.S. Eliot

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Santa Claus IX

By Alexander Calder

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

SWOON

By Caledonia Curry

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

Show of Hands: Moholy-Nagy Lights the Way

By Lazlo Moholy-Nagy

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

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

By Sophie Calle

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Le Mont Analogue

By René Dual

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Why I Want to be a Posthuman When I Grow Up

By Nick Bostrom

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Chemins Cherches, chemins perdus, transgressions

By Henri Michaux

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Edgar Heap of Birds

By Edgar Heap of Birds

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

The House of Dust

By Alison Knowles

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Elegia Machina

By aurèce verrier

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

The Ecstasy of Influence

By Jonathan Lethem

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

New Worlds in Old Stones

By Mary Frances

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow

By Ignacio Uriarte

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Untitled

By Hanne Darboven

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Tamburitza Lingua

By Ani DiFranco

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

The Wild Iris

By Luise Glück

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Xu Bing

By Xu Bing

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed

By Racter

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

The Tyger

By William Blake

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Can’t and Won’t

By Lydia Davis

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Walking & Falling

By Laurie Anderson

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Marina Abramovic’s Gaze

By Marina Abramović

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Calligrammes : Poèmes de la paix et de la guerre

By Guillaume Apollinaire

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

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

Twin Towers

By Ian Monk

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Krik? Krak!

By Edwidge Danticat

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

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

By Christian Bök

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Disgrace

By JM. Coetzee

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Paysage de montagne

By Anna-Eva Bergman

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

One and Three Chairs

By Joseph Kosuth

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Sainte Victoire aux traits épais

By Vera Molnar

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

The Machine of Poetry

By Matthew Zapruder

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Demeter to Persephone

By Alicia Ostriker

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Horses

By Franz Marc

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Porsche 911 type 993 air cooled engine repair manual

By Porsche

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

Citizen

By Claudia Rankine

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Bjork’s Homogenic & videos

By Björk

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Midi La Lune

By Aurélie Nemours

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

My God, It’s Full of Stars

By Tracy K. Smith

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

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

By Raymond Queneau

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Robinson Crusoe

By Mary Godolphin

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

London

By Keira Rathbone

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Threshold

By Ryan Cook

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Love

By Alex Dimitrov

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Ben Vautier

By Ben Vautier

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

The Glass Essay

By Anne Carson

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

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

By k-punk

Suggested by:

Merchant Coppola

Infinite Skulls #05 DUO 2019

By Robbie Barrat & Ronan Barrot

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

An Interview with Franny Choi

Suggested by:

Sasha Stiles

Date Paintings

By On Kawara

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Ursonate

By Kurt Schwitters Performed by Eberhard Blum

Suggested by:

Christian Bök

Said the Shotgun to the Head

By Saul Williams

Suggested by:

Vanessa Coleman

Language and symbolic power

By Pierre Bourdieu

Suggested by:

Pierre Gervois

Pendulum Music

By Steve Riech

Suggested by:

Gisel Florez

Beloved

By Toni Morrison

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

A Sport and a Pastime

By James Salter

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto

Livre d’heures d’Isabelle Stuart

By Maître de Giac

Suggested by:

aurèce vettier

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

By T.S. Eliot

Suggested by:

Ana Maria Caballero

Certificate of Inauthenticity

By Rhea Myers

Suggested by:

Kalen Iwamoto