Poetry. Deborah Poe's ELEMENTS lyrically enacts structures and histories of 36 elements. Poe's experimental tactics bring "Phosphorus (P)" and "Calcium (C)" alive with the rigor of a scholar and the precision of a musician. Her visual play is as captivating as the politics of extraction she examines. We meet newborns, labor leaders, lovers and scientists. Poe satisfies our need for story, for discovery, for protest. We also encounter linguistic spaces which thwart narrative expectations: information is presented fragmentarily, out of order or elided completely. Through poems such as "Potassium (K)," "Titanium (Ti)," and "Ununtrium (Uut)," the language of science collides with the language of art, and we watch a literary "between space" emerge: "earthquake syntax of / language and the mind" merge in "thought-flock constellations." We experience hypnosis in the nerve net // hybridization / a closer experience / with the geological body. A continual catalyst between worlds, Poe's poems push beyond the materials and materiality that initiate them.
Author City: CARMEL, NY USA
Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections THE LAST WILL BE STONE, TOO (Stockport Flats, 2013), ELEMENTS (Stockport Flats, 2010), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords, 2008) , as well as a novella in verse, HÉLÈNE (Furniture Press Books, 2012). In addition, Deborah is co-editor of Between Worlds: An Anthology of Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang Publishers, 2012). She is also co-editing a collection of Hudson Valley innovative poetry, In/Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Hudson Valley Poetics (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 2013). Deborah's poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in journals such as Handsome, 1913, Shampoo, DENVER QUARTERLY, The Dictionary Project, Yew Journal, PEEP/SHOW, Bone Bouquet, Peaches & Bats, Mantis, Horse Less Review, Colorado Review, Ploughshares, and Filter Literary Journal. Her fiction has appeared in Conversations Across Borders, Fact-Simile Magazine, Night Train, SIDEBROW, A Picture's Worth, Vibrant Gray, and Midway Journal. Deborah's poetry and fiction have also appeared in the anthologies A SING ECONOMY (Flim Forum Press, 2008) and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007). Deborah Poe is assistant professor of English at Pace University, founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit, and guest curator for Trickhouse. She has also taught as afternoon faculty at the Port Townsend Writer's Workshop in Washington and Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson.
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