Poetry. In NERVOUS DEVICE, Catherine Wagner takes inspiration from William Blake's "bounding line" to explore the poem as a body at the intersection between poet and audience. Using this as a figure for sexual, political, and economic interactions, Wagner's poems shift between seductive lyricism and brash fragmentation as they negotiate the failure of human connection in the twilight of American empire.
Author City: OXFORD, OH USA
Catherine Wagner was born in Burma and grew up in Baltimore. She is the author of NERVOUS DEVICE (City Lights Publishers, 2012), MY NEW JOB (Fence Books, 2009), MACULAR HOLE (Fence Books, 2004) and MISS AMERICA (Fence Books, 2001). With Rebecca Wolff, she edited NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: CONTEMPORARY POEMS ON CHILD-GETTING & CHILD REARING (Fence Books, 2007). Recent chapbooks include Bornt (Dusie, 2009), Articulate How (Big Game, 2008) and Hole in the Ground (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at Miami University in Oxford, OH.
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