Michael Tussler




The references to Booth Tarkington and the Graf Zeppelin are taken from Time Capsule/1929 by TIME Inc. 1967. Carolyn Burke describes Man Ray’s book 1929 in her biography Lee Miller. The phrase “I too took my own steps” is from Imre Kertész’s Fatelessness. The Kuleshov Effect is a form of montage developed by Lev Kuleshov: in a famous instance of it, he juxtaposes an unchanging man’s face with numerous other shots (some soup, a girl in a coffin, a woman on a divan); the audience “raved” about the actor’s skill in shifting his facial expression in response to these other images, though in actual fact his face remained the same in the sequence.








Michael Tussler has published literary criticism, poetry, and fiction. His short story collection, Encounters, won the Book of the Year Award from the Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2006. His collection of poetry, Accidental Animals, was short-listed for the same award in 2007. JackPine Press published A Homemade Life, an experimental chapbook blending photographs and text in 2009. He has a forthcoming chapbook, Light’s Alibi, The Alfred Gustav Press, in 2018.