Poetry. "In her new collection, PARTICIPANT Linda Russo shows how to distill and clarify perception as a method of lyric practice in order to render "a world made sharp." This long poem of observation, edged with philosophy and critique, floats effortlessly across the page, yet anchors in the consciousness like a vital point on a map of a still not fully visible present and future. PARTICIPANT's speakerworries the division between natural and built environments around her, "into the undertone of the other world," while demonstrating how poetry fuses the line between being the observer and the one who makes language bring the invisible into view."—John Keene
Linda Russo [inhabitorypoetics.blogspot.com] lives and writes mostly in the inland northwestern US within walking distance from her back door. She is the author of three books of poetry: MIRTH (Chax Press, 2006), MEANING TO GO TO THE ORIGIN IN SOME WAY (Shearsman Books, 2015) and PARTICIPANT (Lost Roads Press, 2016), winner of the Bessmilr Brigham Poets Prize. TO THINK OF HER WRITING AS AWASH IN LIGHT, a collection of hybrid-lyric essay exploring literary material geographies, was selected by John D'Agata as winner of the Subito Press Lyric Essay Prize. Her poems have appeared in the anthology Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia, and in magazines such as Interim, Journal of Poetics Research, Omniverse, and Tears in the Fence. Scholarly essays have appeared in Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry (University of Iowa Press) and other edited collections, and as the preface of Joanne Kyger's ABOUT NOW: COLLECTED POEMS (National Poetry Foundation).
Author City: PULLMAN, WA USA