Poetry. THE INVENTION OF CULTURE is the third full-length collection of poems by Lisa Samuels, whose second volume, Paradise for Everyone, also appeared with Shearsman. The poems in this new collection mix prosodic syncopation with prose syntax and floating page space, as though the page were not only paper but also skin, film, and musical score inscribed by a languaged body tapping out the news. And there is news here: the strained topicality of the poems is an index of imaginative vision meeting the world's insistence that it be experienced. These poems are stories with many names—parallax histories, present dreams, compound love songs and dirges—whose inhabitable spatial structures are like event horizons that mean to let you come back to the world.
Fred Muratori @ Boston ReviewMichael Peverett @ Intercapillary Space
Lisa Samuels is the author of seventeen books of poetry, memoir, and prose-mostly poetry—including ANTI M (Chax Press, 2013), Tender Girl (Dusie, 2015), SYMPHONY FOR HUMAN TRANSPORT (Shearsman Books, 2017), FOREIGN NATIVE (Black Radish Books, 2018), and THE LONG WHITE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING (Chax Press, 2019). She also publishes essays and edited work, and sound and video work, and recently has been involved with visual art and with film (TOMORROWLAND, 2017, based on Lisa's 2009 book and directed by Wes Tank). Born in the US, Lisa has also lived in Sweden, Israel/Palestine, Yemen, Malaysia, Spain, and since 2006 in Aotearoa/New Zealand.Author City: AUCKLAND NZL