by Yvonne Rainer

Edited by Paul Chan



“[Rainer] gives equal weight, in line following line, to knee, hip, and floor”

—Tim Griffin, poet and director of The Kitchen

“Ambiguity and power pool here”

—Bomb Magazine

“Precisely observed”


Poems is a collection of never before published poems by choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Full of wit and candor, they offer a window into the life and mind of one of America’s greatest living artists. Accompanying the poems is a selection of images curated by Rainer and an introduction by poet and critic Tim Griffin.

The enhanced e-book includes audio of Rainer reading five of the poems, an interview conducted by artist Paul Chan with Rainer about her process as an artist and poet, and a video excerpt of "Trio A" (1966), the legendary dance piece choreographed and performed by Rainer.


ISBN: 978-1-936440-10-8

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936440-11-5

80 pages

6" X 9"


Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960–1975). After making seven expe... more