Poetry. Reflections on the individual and community flash in this urban web of buildings, technology and news bits, where the "city" looms and the inhabitants submit. Bits and pieces of Abu Ghraib, the Iraq war and 9/11 will be recognized, along with 24/7 newscasters and U.S. political figures welded together as one gigantic talking head. Paranoid neighbors, fashion rags and Walmart also take the stage. A menacing yet cartoonish shark probes the waters, a projected sign of the times. Yet within this hyper-reality a desire weaves, searching for a place in which to land, "Unpoured like animals from the ark we became friendly / like old days, we offered each other liquid / put away green bills, undid our jackets / clustered."
Albert Mobilio @ Hyperallergic
Jennifer Firestone is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks including Story (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming), TEN (BlazeVOX [books]), GATES & FIELDS (Belladonna* Collaborative), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), FLASHES (Shearsman Books), HOLIDAY (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). She co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) LETTERS TO POETS: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT POETICS, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY (Saturnalia Books) and is collaborating with Marcella Durand on Other Influences, a book about feminist avant-garde poetics. Firestone has work anthologized in KINDERGARDE: AVANT-GARDE POEMS, PLAYS, SONGS, & STORIES FOR CHILDREN and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. She won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press' Robert Creeley Memorial Prize. Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College and is also Director of the Academic Fellows pedagogy program.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA