Slope Editions (March 2012)
Handiwork explores the relationship between writing and torture—the ways poetry can wound us, and the ways it wrestles with language itself. Combining constraint-based writing with fragmented lyricism, the book considers the social and cultural role of the writer with respect to history and memory, and what gets lost in the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next.
“A New Vessel,” one of the poems from the manuscript, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky as winner of the 2011 Gulf Coast Prize. It appears online. Other poems from Handiwork have appeared in The Society for Curious Thought, The Destroyer, and Cutbank.
Videos of me reading from the book include a selection from the final section, “Tonal Saw,” for InDigest’s “Last Reading on Earth Ever: A Marathon of Apocalyptic Writing” series, a few poems for the FREQUENCY series (video by Amish Trivedi), and several others as part of Evergreen State College’s Art Lecture series.
- Josh Kanaga, Ronni Davis, Sarah Rose Goldfinch, and David Kim at The First Experiment
- Ngoho Reavey at Galatea Resurrects
- Lucy Biederman, Jewish Book Council (Jan. 2014).
- Aaron McCollough, Jacket2 (Oct. 2013).
- Anna Ross, microreview, Boston Review 37.5 (Sept./Oct 2012). [Re-blogged at Harriet]
- Angela Veronica Wong, The Aviary (May 2012).
- Irene Koronas, Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene (May 2012).