Poetry. Human identity testing itself: are the speakers of these poems mother, teacher, creative artist—or are they merely bones to be sorted and juggled? The ramifications of identity ("we'd know... the translation / into mother to be exaltation. Murder, also") leap up sharply in the book's central poem, "Snuff Ballet," in which one speaker, a dancer, is tested by inquisitors who may be a board from whom she seeks a grant. But perhaps these voices, which quickly become intimate and judgmental ("When was the last time you had sex?"), are merely criticism internalized, part of the "one-woman show."
Sima Rabinowitz @ NewPageschat with Isaac Fitzgerald and Brian Spears ofThe Rumpus Poetry Book Club
Kirsten Kaschock is the author of CONFESSIONAL SCI-FI: A PRIMER (Subito Press, 2017), UNFATHOMS (Slope Editions 2004), A BEAUTIFUL NAME FOR A GIRL (Ahsahta Press 2011), and The Dottery (University of Pittsburgh Press 2014—winner of the AWP Donald Hall Award for poetry). Coffee House Press released her debut novel SLEIGHT in 2011. She teaches at Drexel University and serves as editor-in-chief of thINKing DANCE, a consortium of dance writers in Philadelphia.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA