Multiversal, the second book by award-winning, Amy Catanzano proposing a theory of quantum poetics, invites readers to explore the intersections between language, nature, science, and consciousness. Multiversal takes its name from the “multiverse,” a science fiction concept that has become an accepted theory in physics. It suggests that reality comprises multiple dimensions in space and time. In form and content, this collection takes novel approaches to the materiality of language itself, to the spacetime of poems.
Amy Catanzano is an American poet from boulder, CO. She is the author of Multiversal (FUP, 2009), which won the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. She was recently featured in Symmetry Magazine as “The Quantum Poet” bridging the worlds of poetry and science.
A work of documentary poetics that investigates the cost of whiteness in South Africa, Xamissa code-switches at times into Lontara, the subversive Indonesian script that undercuts the prevalence of Dutch in the colonial archive. Through serial questions around the ethics of its address, Xamissa probes the interrelation of language, sociality, and resistance, in its bid to interrogate the archive as a draft of the city’s future.
“Julia Bouwsma’s chilling tale of the quietus of Malaga Island is shattering in its simplicity. The ease with which an ‘undesirable’ culture can be summarily disappeared is not a grim aberration relegated to a long-ago past―it’s a monster of the here-and-now. This is a chilling commentary, compassionate and character-driven, penned by a poet who is resolute and relentless as witness”―Patricia Smith
Author Julia Bouwsma in Midden confronts the events and over one hundred years of silence that surround this shameful incident in Maine’s history. Utilizing a wide range of poetic styles—epistolary poems to ghosts, persona poems, erasure poems, interior poems, interviews and instructions, poems framed both in the past and in the present—Midden delves into the vital connections between land, identity, and narrative and asks how we can heal the generations and legacies of damage that result when all three of these are deliberately taken in an attempt to rob people of their very humanity. The book is a poetic excavation of loss, a carving of the landscape of memory, and a reckoning with and tribute to the ghosts we carry and step over, often without our even knowing it.
Julia Bouwsma was the winner of the 2019 Maine Literary Award for Poetry and a finalist for the Julie Suk Award in 2018.
‘There’s a kind of suspension in a car on a highway, so that to stop feels a great affront.’ This line, from near the end of S. Brook Corfman’s new book, describes the poet’s own power to ‘gather the propulsive forces’ that carry us through worlds lived, felt, and dreamt. From these, the subject emerges as an energy, a force seen in its passing: ‘I, the death wail of each passing car; I,
a late nightbut still somehow bright sky.’ This is subjectivity in motion, a self in transformation, through emotion’s mutable ground. —Jessica Fisher, author of Frail-Craft and Inmost
S. Brook Corfman is the author of Luxury, Blue Lace, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize & hailed as an “extraordinary debut” by Publishers Weekly, and My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites, chosen by Cathy Park Hong for the Fordham University Press POL Prize (forthcoming Fall 2020).
In scenery, lyric’s public voice, and memoir’s personal reconciliations confront the archives of America’s racial and legal histories, resulting in a genre-bending exploration of what it means to exist as oneself for an Other. The author, a Salvadorean immigrant, and
José Felipe Alvergue is a graduate of both the Cal Arts Writing (MFA) and Buffalo Poetics (
Fannie+Freddie uses poetry to perform and document (or, as Carroll has suggested, ‘
undocument‘) the capitalist roller coaster of the 2000s in pieces that are compellingly personal and insistently social, and that remind us how deeply our globalized crises are inscribed on the body. -—Make/shift
Amy Sara Carroll is the author of the poetry collections Fannie + Freddie/The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography (Fordham Press, 2013), chosen by Claudia Rankine for the 2012 Poets Out Loud Prize and Secession (Hyperbole Books, 2012). She is also the author of REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era (University of Texas Press, 2017), an examination of art created during and in response to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“What a deep and long-awaited pleasure to hold in the hand such an exquisite book of poems by one of our most incisive and buoyant theorists. Snediker’s ear is spectacularly tuned—to surprise, to insistence, to beauty; his intelligence is coiled, fervent, avid, and inspiring. And while Henry James may not be the ‘solution’ to these poems, he is certainly here Honored—both writers gift us an intricacy and artifice never far from
stink, roar, meat, halo, heart.“—Maggie Nelson
Michael D. Snediker is the author of the poetry collections The New York Editions (Fordham University Press, 2017) and The Apartment of Tragic Appliances (Punctum Books, 2013). He is also the author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), a collection of critical essays.
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