Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. This full- length hybrid poetic text immediately places the reader in a lonely domestic space within the Pacific Northwest—a woman with a roving and thoughtful eye as our guide. The narrator in THE GREEN CONDITION moves between several concerns: Rome, her new environment, casting metal, raccoons, others. Colen takes these seemingly disparate strands and pleats them, allowing an interaction that illustrates the unexpected poetics in what may seem like free association, yet engages with the possibility for that which is apparently unconnected to inform one another.
Elizabeth J. Colen is the author of poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books, 2010), Waiting Up for the End of the World (Jaded Ibis Press, 2012), and WHAT WEAPONRY (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), flash fiction collection DEAR MOTHER MONSTER, DEAR DAUGHTER MISTAKE (Rose Metal Press, 2011), long poem / lyric essay hybrid THE GREEN CONDITION (Ricochet Editions, 2014), and Your Sick (Jellyfish Highway, 2016), co-written with Carol Guess and Kelly Magee. She teaches at Western Washington University.Author City: BELLINGHAM, WA USA