Poetry. SCORPYN ODES explores the iconic history of the scorpion in literature and mythology, as animal and constellation, demon, poison and guardian. What may be learned from a species with a four-hundred-million year history? How might evolutionary intelligence be a lens through which to consider various cultural maladies? Verse odes are interspersed with prose departures, and muse upon the many literal and metaphorical connotations of leaving. What must we celebrate, and from what must we depart in order to reaffirm a more sustainable humanity? What is the human equivalent to molting? What happens when disintegration of landscape becomes internalized? What depths of loss do we traverse in a time when toxicity challenges our ability to see our surroundings? How to build a house of hope with the potency to counter symptomatic forgetfulness? This work explores the possibility of "departure" as locomotion or energy source, travel and incantatory momentum.
Laynie Browne is a poet, prose writer, teacher, and editor. Her most recent collections of poems include You Envelop Me (Omnidawn), P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel, 2015), SCORPYN ODES (Kore Press, 2015), PERIODIC COMPANIONS (Tinderbox Editions, 2018), THE BOOK OF MOMENTS (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2018) and IN GARMENTS WORN BY LINDENS (Tender Buttons Press, 2019). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection THE SCENTED FOX (Wave Books, 2007), and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory. Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Catalan. She is co-editor of I'LL DROWN MY BOOK: CONCEPTUAL WRITING BY WOMEN (Les Figues Press, 2012) and is currently editing an anthology of original essays on the Poet's Novel. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.Author City: WALLINGFORD, PA USA