Poetry. In her debut collection DAYS, poet and visual artist Simone Kearney has created a text that is almost a substance, a mutable, fidgeting feminist masterwork that challenges us to dwell in ambiguities and resist limiting frameworks of narrative completion. Kearney has been at work on this text for many years, during which it has become a site of near-constant revision and living process. In this way, we might understand DAYS as a kind of "living document" or "life work" in addition to its status as a long poem. Kearney's mobile fragments amass and arrange towards a flood of fractured and lush perception, calling to mind Gertrude Stein's imperative from Tender Buttons: "Act so that there is no use in a centre."
Simone Kearney is a writer and artist living in New York. She is the author of the chapbooks My Ida (Ugly Duckling Press, 2017) and In Threes (minutes BOOKS, 2013). Her poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Lithub, Boston Review, St. Ann's Review, Riot of Perfume, PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. She teaches at The New School.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA