No Work Finished Here

By (author): Liz Worth

When Andy Warhol’s a, A Novel was first published in 1968, The New York Times Book Review declared it “pornographic.” Yet over four decades later, a continues to be an essential documentation of Warhol’s seminal Factory scene. And though the book offers a pop art snapshot of 1960s Manhattan that only Warhol could capture, it remains a challenging read. Comprised entirely of unedited transcripts of recorded conversations taped in and around the Warhol Factory, the original book’s tone varies from frenetic to fascinating, unintelligible to poetic.

No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol by Liz Worth attempts to change that, by appropriating the original text and turning each page into a unique poem. In remixing a into poetry using only words and phrases from each piece’s specified page, Worth sets the scene for the reader, not unlike eavesdropping in an all-night diner, with poetry full of voices competing to be heard, hoping for just a sliver of attention at the end of a long, desperate night.

True to Worth’s style, the poems in this collection hiss and pop with confessional whispers while maintaining the raw, distorted qualities originally captured on tape and documented in a, A Novel. Warhol fans, archivists, and academics, as well as readers of confessional and conceptual poetry and fiction, will jump at the chance to be a part of the Factory in-crowd in No Work Finished Here.


Liz Worth

Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. You can reach her at, on Facebook ( and on Twitter @LizWorthXO.


“Warhol would be the first to say, in his wrinkly voice, how excited he was that Liz Worth had done this to his novel. He might have even said something clever like, “It should have just been poetry all along.” —subTerrain Magazine

“Saying wow isn’t saying enough… No Work Finished Here gains immediate entry into that lovely pantheon of absolutely essential Canadian poetry classics.” —Today’s Book of Poetry

“Liz Worth has created an epic, that even removed from the context of rewriting Andy Warhol’s A, a novel, stands on its own as a collection that expertly portrays all of our fears and worries and struggles public and not-so-public in these concise, gut-punchingly beautiful little portraits in time.” —(parenthetical)


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480 Pages
8.10in * 5.40in * 1.00in


September 29, 2015


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