The Furies


Product Details

Operating System
Publish Date
August 11, 2017
5.25 X 0.34 X 8.0 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author

William Considine writes poems and plays. The Operating System published his volume of produced verse plays, The Furies, and a chapbook of poems, Strange Coherence. Fast Speaking Music released a CD of his poems with music, An Early Spring. His full-length, family drama Moral Support had its premiere production at Medicine Show Theatre in early 2019, to critical praise. His verse play Women's Mysteries, about Solon and the Delphic Oracle, had a staged reading at Polaris North in June 2019. His poems have been anthologized recently in Sensitive Skin: Selected Writing 2016-2018; in From Somewhere to Nowhere, from Autonomedia, and in The Brownstone Poets Anthology. He is an honors graduate of Stanford and the Harvard Law School. (
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a nonbinary queer artist, scholar, curator, educator, and facilitator working in performance, exhibition, and publication in conversation with new media. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and taught at the City College of New York for over a decade. A seasoned freelance editor and book designer, for years on the team of the critically acclaimed 306090 Books, Lynne is the founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System, (a radical open source arts organization and small press) as well as Libraries Editor at Boog City. She is the author of GROUND, blood atlas, Overview Effect, In Memory of Feasible Grace, Sweet and Low, and Progeny Restoration Corpoation, as well as co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinsk/Sō Percussion, and co-editor of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Poems for the Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body. For The OS, she has edited and designed nearly 50 books to date, with many more on the way. Lynne and her work have been featured at a diverse array of venues, including The Dumbo Arts Festival, Naropa University, Artists Space, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Eyebeam, LaMaMa, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, VON, Launchpad BK, The Poetry Project, Temple University, Industry City Distillery, Happy Lucky No. 1, Howl Happening, Independent Curators International, Hell Phone, WCKR 89.9 FM NY, Unnamable Books, The Sidewalk Cafe, Parkside Lounge, Dixon Place, Poets Settlement, Karpeles Manuscript Library, Holland Tunnel Gallery, the Cooper Union, and in many publications. A deeply committed futurist, Lynne is always seeking (r)evolutionary possibility, through the building and reshaping of increasingly intelligent systems, institutions, and processes. For more, see: http: // http: //


"At long last here's Bill Considine's considered, rollicking, breezy, deep, avant-post take on what Poetry is, what Theater is, and what happens when these arts tumble dance through history together only to land simultaneously on page and stage. Equal parts Sophocles and Ashbery, whose lineage from Electra right through to 'The Heroes' he invokes, Considine riffles the classics to fan a new breath of Pure Future. Perform these plays in your mind's eye or take the dare and produce them on stage - they are transportative. IOW, as Agamemnon says in 'Agamemnon, King of Cars', 'Let's prowl the great desert, /Whooping on speed, /In pick-up trucks or tanks./Let's all wear cowboy hats.'" - Bob Holman

"'The Furies' is a terrific intervention, a unique contemporary dramatic verse collection with tropes of classic themes and characters. Considine has a poet's lyric ease, wit and calling, and a sensibility that travels through the complicated dynamics of history and war. As Orestes asks Electra, "Shall I talk of our childhood and/ all the times you silently/ stared at the summer leaves/ and tried to imagine, total death, / nuclear war, all at once, and why?/ Do you remember our civil defense drills..." This is a refreshing "oral" book and generously available here for actors and poet-performers on the stage, as well as readers, in the hand. Bravo!" - Anne Waldman

"Just when I was wondering whatever happened to poets' theater, along comes William Considine's thrilling collection of four verse plays, 'The Furies.' Much poets' theater is heavy on the poetry (making it soporifically undramatic) or ignores language for quirky effects. Considine's work, however, is miraculous both onstage and in the ear. Not only that, he is learned, funny, witty, big-hearted, and timely. Take, for example, Solon's "daring disobedience" in Prologue: Prehistory: "You teach people / to say fantasies in public / and enjoy tall tales in meetings, / so faking will succeed / as the political intelligence / of our people." Lincoln in Queens is as human as anything by Woody Guthrie, with a unique take on our most written-about president, who is "back from the dead in Queens," busy urging the narrator to "find the Furies" and speaking "of God like a lost lover: I lived in faith in the old-fashioned fable / of suffering and moral endurance. / We purged the blood-curse on our nation: / slavery! Now you can escape / the iron shackles of war, / the fable of blood atonement, / the faith of Furies." After small productions around New York City over many years, it's great to have these plays in one place to be read and reread, and, one hopes, performed again." --Elinor Nauen