Poetry. Women's Studies. PLAYING MONSTER :: SEICHE is a book-length poem that incessantly dodges between two narratives: the speaker's childhood experiences with an abusive father and, as an adult, increasingly aggressive acts made toward her mother by strange men. It is a piece of noir poetics. It is also memoir and documentary. Through tight, spare poems, Arterian's unflinching descriptions of difficult life experiences fight aestheticization, engaging directly with the events as through the poetry of witness.
Publishers Weekly reviewClaire Cronin @ Colorado ReviewAllie Rowbottom @ A Women's Thinginterview @ Los Angeles Review of BooksKaty Haas @ New Pages
Diana Arterian is the author of the chapbooks Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). A Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. Her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. PLAYING MONSTER :: SEICHE (1913 Press, 2017) is her first full-length poetry collection. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA