Poetry. Women's Studies. Here IN GARMENTS WORN BY LINDENS, Laynie Browne begins a project she terms "homage text" for the poet Rosmarie Waldrop. All titles (which appear in italics above each brief prose poem) are taken from Waldrop's book, Lawn of Excluded Middle, originally published by Tender Buttons Press in 1993. As Browne's sequence progresses, echoes of Waldrop's text occur throughout the work with slight alternations. This new book continues to investigate gender, perception, personhood as well as permissions to invoke and explore all "excluded middles." In this way, Browne rewrites, responds to, and refigures the material of language in a way that echoes the way Waldrop works with Wittgenstein's sentences making them utterly new in only the way a poet can. In Lawn of Excluded Middle, Rosmarie Waldrop writes: "Poetry an alternate less linear logic." Here, Laynie Browne weaves an intricate, intertextual poem of associational praise into a new practice, a new form.
Laynie Browne is a poet, prose writer, teacher and editor. She is author of fourteen collections of poems and four books of fiction. Recent publications include TRANSLATION OF THE LILIES BACK INTO LISTS (forthcoming May 2022, Wave Books), IN GARMENTS WORN BY LINDENS; a novel, PERIODIC COMPANIONS; and a book of short fiction, THE BOOK OF MOMENTS. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Catalan. She co-edited the anthology I'LL DROWN MY BOOK: CONCEPTUAL WRITING BY WOMEN (Les Figues Press, 2013) and edited the anthology A Forest on Many Stems: Essays on The Poet's Novel (Nightboat, 2020). Honors and awards include a Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award for her collection THE SCENTED FOX (Wave Books, 2007), and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory (University of Georgia, 2005). She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.