Poetry. Women's Studies. As with all failing systems, interdependence is a blessing and a curse. The accoutrements of a body and their associations with people, places, and time are inextricable from each other. Concomitants, if you will. CONCOMITANCE began as documentary and aimed to catalogue the infinitesimal yet burdensome acts of labor behind routine grooming, to examine the daily self reform implied by cosmetics and clothing. Because self maintenance eats up time, the book chews through memory with digressive narratives and swallows the present with real-time thought progressions. Dressing and the tedium of hygiene serve to put us more substantively in a time and place. I remember events by what I was wearing. I look at a tube of lip gloss and think of someone I wanted to kiss.
Monica McClure is a Brooklyn-based writer and author of the poetry collection, TENDER DATA (Birds, LLC, 2015) and the chapbooks, CONCOMITANCE (Counterpath Press, 2016), Boss Parts 1& 2 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014), and Mood Swing (Snacks Press, 2013). With Madeleine Maillet and Emily Brandt, she runs Yellow Wallpaper, an organization that promotes radically and rigorously curated books and book culture for readers outside major metropolitan areas. She works as a copywriter for e-commerce and tech.