Hotel Almighty

Sarah J. Sloat (Author)


Visually arresting and utterly one-of-a-kind, Sarah J. Sloat's Hotel Almighty is a book-length erasure of pages from Misery by Stephen King, a reimagining of the novel's themes of constraint and possibility in elliptical, enigmatic poems. Here, "joy would crawl over broken glass, if that was the way." Here, sleep is a "circle whose diameter might be small," a circle "pitifully small," a "wrecked and empty hypothetical circle." Paired with Sloat's stunning mixed-media collage, each poem is a miniature canvas, a brief associative profile of the psyche--its foibles, obsessions, and delights.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Sarabande Books
Publish Date
September 15, 2020
5.98 X 8.9 X 0.47 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah J. Sloat splits her time between Frankfurt and Barcelona, where she works as a news editor. Her poetry, collage, and prose have appeared in The Offing, West Branch, Sixth Finch, The Journal and Diagram. Sarah is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including Heiress to a Small Ruin and Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair (Dancing Girl Press).


"Absolutely marvelous."
--Mary Ruefle

"Sarah J. Sloat's erasure-collages create intimate and intricate pairings that ricochet back and forth between text and image. In one, a picture of a giant hand tenderly touching a tiny telephone speaks to the page's mournful question, 'If I could be / A dim shape slumped over / and round / Would that be so bad?' In another, the erased text ('The sound of the wind filled the phone / squeezing into the line / like a nerve awake at night') is translated into red stitches approaching, then encircling a tree. Hotel Almighty is a marvel."
--Matthea Harvey