Design assistance by Gerardo Madera and Nicholas Weltyk
Cover illustration by Devin N. Morris, Shake the Hem, 2018
Edition of 500
About the book
First published by Wendy's Subway in 2017, Rami Karim's Smile & Nod is now available in an expanded edition, featuring the poem "There needs to be a different word."
Smile & Nod is a record of short experiments in love and counter-surveillance.
Rami Karim’s Smile & Nod, a long poem made of short poems, is a shapely, funny, knowing meditation on what it means to always be getting ready to appear, to be amused and desperate in ongoing ordinary (surveilled) space, to be at ease, alert, in love, and therefore forced to examine the endless multitudes of filters and surfaces all us anyones develop and perform.” —Anselm Berrigan
Karim has made their own map in this work, a matrix of words that read as timeless epic and startling, individuated bursts that leave the reader wide-eyed, displaced, and wanting more. The language of intimacy and war are handled with simultaneous care and a sometimes unsettling distance. In Smile & Nod, Karim shows us what happens to those left to create new life in the aftermath of everyday political violence.” —Marwa Helal
About the author
Rami Karim is a writer living in New York.