Artist Bunny Rogers has just released her much-anticipated book of poetry with original illustrations by LA artist Brigid Mason.

In addition to her sculptural work, online artworks, installations, game-based projects and performances, the Queens Museum resident artist has been doing poetry readings across North America. Cunny Poem Vol. 1 represents a complete archive of poetry written from 2012-2014.

One of my favorite Rogers readings, at Unnamable Books, included this poem:

I DREAMED THAT GOD WOULD BE FORGIVING

Three charming rooms talk back and forth
enlisted for their strength and stamina
Together five sisters of addiction grow up the walls
entrusting there is no world
in which paranoia could save the two of us
Threat is infinite and jovial
Courage is a wink and a nod
Your spine is a joke
Your vertebrae are stacked snowballs
That will melt as your joints do every hour without fail
In this cruel, hot world
Where every root vegetable shrinks your dick
Where we wake up and go to work to laugh at your dick

Read ANIMAL’s interview with Bunny about her “Shades of Berny” exhibit and a profile of her collaborative show with Filip Olszewski, “If I Die Young.” Purchase the book here and get a “MERYN” purple heart patch, WHAAAAZZUP?” Tilikum tribute patch, and a satin ribbon bookmark (artist’s choice of color).