Poetry. Set on the margins of Seattle, beneath bridges and on the banks of waterways, in strip clubs and flooded farmland, the prose poems in TINDERBOX LAWN illuminate the intersection of domesticity and bohemia, orthodoxy and passion. Each untitled block of prose constitutes a novel-in-miniature, with shadow characters and shards of plot. The intensity of Carol Guess's poems builds through lyrical language and recurring images, capturing the moment when the small mad heart at the center of things stalls mid-tick. "This is such deep, rich writing. TINDERBOX LAWN feels like dreams you forgot as you walk through your day but it's your life. I mean we never think as deeply as we live and Carol Guess tries to braid those strands and succeeds. I love being in this work"—Eileen Myles.
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Carol Guess is the author of the fiction collection DARLING ENDANGERED (Brooklyn Arts Press); the novels Seeing Dell (Cleis Press) and SWITCH (Calyx Books); a memoir, Gaslight (Odd Girls Press); three poetry collections, FEMME'S DICTIONARY (Calyx Books), DOLL STUDIES: FORENSICS (Black Lawrence Press) and TINDERBOX LAWN (Rose Metal Press); and a collection of essays, MY FATHER IN WATER (Shearsman Books). She teaches Creative Writing and Queer Studies at Western Washington University and lives with her spouse, writer Elizabeth Colen, on the Washington coast. Author City: BELLINGHAM, WA USA