Poetry. Exactly how much does language shape perception? In READING EMILY DICKINSON IN ICELANDIC, Heisler explores the materiality of language with a collection of prose poems inspired by her nine years in Iceland, a time in which the romance and astonishments of a foreign land were challenged by the difficulties of earning a living as a foreigner. The narrator struggles with just how deeply language conditions what she can see and, as she tries to learn Icelandic, the blind spots proliferate. Heisler's poems are preoccupied with the materiality of voice as it surfaces in the failures (and pleasures) of translation.
Eva Heisler is a U.S. poet and art critic based near Heidelberg, Germany. Her poems have been widely published in journals including Crazyhorse, The Nation, and Poetry Northwest. Honors include The Nation's "Discovery" Award and the Poetry Society of America's Emily Dickinson Award. A Fulbright grant brought her to Iceland in 1997 where she lived for nine years, writing on Icelandic art and drafting the poems in READING EMILY DICKINSON IN ICELANDIC.Author City: Heidelberg GER