Artist Projects

My Travels

Eileen Myles

My Travels tells the author’s life story through is a series of linked essays on specific travels—geographically, chronologically, morally and politically—though the focus and experience of each is radically different. In the research phase of the book, Myles will live for several months in her native Boston, which she left in 1974, to see what’s left of her accent and who is currently writing poetry in the city. An essay about New York concerns living on the streets for short periods of times with a Buddhist group. Other essays focus on: living in Ireland in 2007; travelling to India in 1990, after which she became a write-in candidate for president; and Myles’ journeys to Russia and Eastern Europe in 1995, which coincided with her experience of menopause.