Poems and Texts

“Introduction” by Claudia La Rocco


I’m Prince Ragu
And I’m programmed to kill
Neptune    Triton    Gibbous Moon

My heart is ruined
My heaven must be learned

I need money for art supplies.

Published in The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014)

Claudia La Rocco

Claudia La Rocco’s recent and ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include projects with the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, the sound artist Martijn Tellinga and the composer Phillip Greenlief. La Rocco founded thePerformanceClub.org, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art form. She is a member of the Off the Park poetry press and contributes frequently to the New York Times and ARTFORUM. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, and teaches at such institutions as Princeton University, Arizona State University and Movement Research. La Rocco has had residencies at Stanford University, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governors Island. She has performed at such places as Danspace Project (NYC), the Center for New Music (SF), Counterpath Press (Denver) and the Mount Tremper Arts Festival (NY). Badlands Unlimited is publishing her selected writings in fall 2014.