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Teen Surf Goth

Oscar d’Artois

88 pages
Cover design: Guillaume Morissette
ISBN 9780993946462
Fall 2015

Are you ready?
Here’s the scary part:
you already ‘are’ you.

Teen Surf Goth is a first-hand account of life lived in an existential daze. From Bushwick to Berlin, d’Artois’ peripatetic search for poetic consciousness and metaphysical bliss is constantly waylaid by nut butters, memes, drugs, and self-doubt.


Teen Surf Goth is a book of fantasy built on internet dreams and nostalgia for what never existed: the fantasy of an eternal American youth, the wish that love can save us, the dream that who we were on mushrooms was the real self, the hope that we can practice for death. This book is a re-projection of the images projected on us every day. It’s also an affirmation that, as misguided as we are, we too deserve poetry.“
Melissa Broder, poet, essayist and @sosadtoday

“Oscar Bruno d’Artois’s debut slings Tumblr standup on the frontend, then shyly proffers fear and sweetness on the DL.”
Mike Young, author of Sprezzatura


Vallum Magazine – “Witty and self-deprecating and instantly relatable.” (Print only)

Fanzine – “…the tongue-in-cheek, very contemporary, very Twitter-like poetry of d’Artois is both extreme and exceptional in its style. The poetic voice is so unique but also so representative of a collective language, an expression so funny and true at the same time. Underneath any technological or historical infusion into this voice, there is a deeper core that is confused, conversational, and comic, all the way that can’t be tied down as easily as the new flavor of the week. It’s something the great poets have been doing since the beginning of time.”

DAZED – “Oscar d’Artois’ first poetry collection, Teen Surf Goth captures a fast life lived in an existential daze with a pop-punk, poetic consciousness that feels equal parts inspired by Nicki Minaj and Arthur Rimbaud.”

Indie Republik – WTF: Teen Surf Goth Author Oscar Bruno D’Artois

Electric Literature December Mixtape: Music to Teen Surf Goth To

Beach Sloth – “Oscar D’ Artois uses reality as a punching bag and beats the living hell out of it.”


Potluck – teach me how to love what doesn’t look the other way; roll up to the club like whaddup my life is vapid & i have crippling social anxiety

ÖMËGÄ – Depresnyak; i fuck with minimalism; because of course when we criticize our friends we are also criticizing our selves, yes?

Oscar d'Artois

Oscar d’Artois was born in 1989 in Paris, France. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.