Poetry. "Gigi Marks's poems are intimate, in fact they explore intimacy as their primary concern, probing our desire to find ourselves reflected in an other, to sometimes give ourselves over to that other. In this sense, they are reminiscent of Dickinson; they stay close to home while urgently querying the borders of the human. The 'other' in these poems, the 'you,' might be a lover, might be a child, might be a flower or a bee, or might be the reader herself, for the poems gesture outward from a speaker who is 'waiting to see you,' a speaker who wants to, in 'seeing you' discover her own self—liquid, widening: 'I am / not one of them, I am,' she writes, deftly expressing the question that guides each and every one of these delicate, beautiful, and quietly strange poems: how might we escape what Oppen called 'the shipwreck of the singular,' how might we find ourselves, as Marks puts it, 'in someone else's house'? The more I read these, the closer I feel to their speaker, which is to say, to myself."—Julie Carr
Gigi Marks' poetry has focused on developing an ethics of scale that supports attention and care, informed by moving through the dense layers of place and relationship. This ethics of scale has unfolded from a practice within the sustained relationship with family in and around the countryside of New York state and across four books of poetry, including CLOSE BY and TERRITORY from Silverfish Review Press. Her poetry has appeared in many publications, including American Poets Against the War, Best American Poetry, Lilith, Northwest Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, and others. She lives with her four children and partner on a small farm in the Finger Lakes, in Gayogoho:no—the lands of the Cayuga people.
Author City: ITHACA, NY USA