Poetry. Women's Studies. Winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in Poetry, selected by Tracie Morris, BODY BURDEN is an investigation—in historical documents, public records, imagined letters, a rich variety of visual and linguistic forms. The poems invite readers inside the 10,000 foot level of the Comstock lode, arrays of spent plutonium rods and generations of a family, inextricably tied to economic and ecological disasters 'marbling our part of the West' from late 19th century to now. BODY BURDEN invites readers to look, hear, and experience the language and facts of history and science as more than evidence, but the stuff 'we make our beds from / and lie among,' the songs and silence of life itself.
"This manuscript is visceral, bold and expansive. The writing and its organization is physically impactful. The range of writings and the seamless ways in which very different types of writing interact with each other unites driven and divergent environments of poetic thought. BODY BURDEN inhabits the body. It's a pleasure to read, see and feel with the body."—Tracie Morris
Zayne Turner grew up in the rural High Desert of Oregon. She is the author of the chapbook Memory of My Mouth, from dancing girl press, and chapbooks & broadsides published in her name and collaboratively as T.H. Peros by Edison St. Press. She has received grants and fellowships for literary & visual arts from the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, Oregon Arts Commission, Vermont Studio Center and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow.
Author City: Minneapolis, MN USA