Poetry. BRIDGE OF THE WORLD maps multiple transits between mental, spiritual, and geographic topographies, pivoting on the experience of dislocation from Panama and Latinidad. This is a journey over bridges between inner and outer worlds, between the cosmic and the material, the past and the present, and the immediate and memory. Traversing is bound up in the alienations of migration, economic disparity, the violations of capitalism, and the cosmic betrayals in the struggle to hold onto love in the place of rage. Harrison's is a poetics that explores psychological fragmentation as the natural condition of a life lived suspended in multiple in-betweens. Place is colossal, mundane objects swell with symbolism, time and memory warp, and plague the mind and poetry with visions. These poems are glutted with the revelation and pain that braid themselves through the poet's living—a brave and undulating work that invites us into a love defiant and resolutely alive.
Roberto Harrison is the author of the poetry collections OS (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), Bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), Culebra (Green Lantern Press, 2016), BRIDGE OF THE WORLD (Litmus Press, 2017), and YAVIZA (Atelos, 2017) as well as of many poetry chapbooks. With Andrew Levy he edited Crayon magazine from 1997 to 2008. He is the Milwaukee Poet Laureate for 2017-2019 and is also a visual artist. He lives in Milwaukee.Author City: MILWAUKEE, WI USA