Poetry. Taking its title from a sign outside the BART station in Oakland, California, FLOWER CART finds, makes, documents, pieces together, and steps out of the way of language at ground level. Being alive in acts of reading is writing in Fishman's fourth book, where the materiality of words, weather, plantlife, handwriting, and decay are engrafted in a hybrid ecology that is archival and lyric. The book's archival impulse lies in its attention to stray bodies of speech and text that Fishman does not alter but presents as interfused with her own sensibility (materially lyric), her location (rural Midwest), and the forms and rhythms of being here at this time that is more than one time.
Author City: ORFORDVILLE, WI USA
Lisa Fishman's books include FLOWER CART (2011), THE HAPPINESS EXPERIMENT (2007), and DEAR, READ (2002), all from Ahsahta Press and CURRENT (Parlor Press, 2011). She teaches at Columbia College in Chicago and lives in Madison and Orfordville, Wisconsin.
Reviews and Other Links
Rusty Morrison @ Ron Slate's On the Seawall
Leah Falk @ Boston Review
Erin Lyndal Martin @ Drunken Boat