Poetry. A vibrant collage of voices, MASQUE plays with the personal and the persona in a challenging exploration of media constructs and their effects on one family's private life. Stretching the limits of poetry, MASQUE features a cast of twenty-five, including the father, the sister, the philosopher, the Jew, Germaine Greer, the fan, the lesbian, and the writer. Zolf weaves found text with poetry, creating rich, often humourous, tableaux that resonate with colorful characters and surprising insights into the fraught spaces where the public stops and the private begins. "Calling MASQUE a straightforward bildungsroman would be like calling Nicole Brossard's MAUVE DESERT a travel book. MASQUE is a rich and layered confection as informed by linguistic playfulness as it is by the confessional. Zolf proves that there are ways to write about the familiar and the familial that handily defeat both terms"--R.M. Vaughan.
Rachel Zolf is a Canadian writer living in Philadelphia. Published books include Janey's Arcadia (2014), Neighbour Procedure (2010), Human Resources (2007), MASQUE (2004), and HER ABSENCE, THIS WANDERER (1999). Video projects have shown internationally at White Cube (UK), Art Basel Miami, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and elsewhere.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA