Poetry. Women's Studies. PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS is a series of interconnected elegies for the poet's former partner and her father, who died within 6 months of each other. The elegies engage other texts, including The Iliad, Chopin's Ballades, Shakespeare's sonnet 15, Milton's Paradise Lost and an economics textbook, as they seek to sound out routes between the present and the past. The book's central interest in music is derived from the sense that musical structure is above all else a way of manipulating our experience of time. In the inchoation central to grief, these poems find possibilities for living in a changed time, a present overlaid with or in counterpoint to the past: a thicker time, in which the dead also are.
Kristen Case's chapbook, Temple, was published by MIEL in 2014, and her full-length collection, Little Arias (New Issues, 2015) won the Maine Literary Award for Poetry. She is co-editor, with Alexandra Manglis, of the essay collection 21 / 19: Contemporary Poets and the North American Nineteenth Century, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She teaches English at the University of Maine at Farmington.Author City: TEMPLE, ME USA