Poetry. In alternating currents of prose and verse, SHOT reaches beyond the tradition of the nocturne to illuminate contradictory impulses and intensities of night. SHOT inhabits the sinister, visionary, intimate, haunted, erotic capacities to see and hear things at night, in the fertile void containing our own psychological and physical darkness. Via Levinas who locates self-knowledge and ethical contract in insomnia, this darkness is one "stuck full of eyes." Here the insomniac falls into a Beckettian pattern of waiting, in an inextricable dialogue with a selfhood that cannot settle down. In a perpetual play between empirical and abstract knowledge, tantrum and meditation, SHOT creates torque that drives beyond material experience.
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Christine Hume is the author of three books, most recently SHOT (Counterpath Press, 2010) and a chapbook and CD, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008). A bilingual edition of her selected poems is forthcoming from luxbooks in Wiesbaden, Germany. She directs the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, where she lives with her partner, Jeff Clark, and their daughter, Juna. Author City: YPSILANTI, MI USA