Poetry. This collection of poems by Elizabeth Robinson circles around and around the place of the individual in relation to an other or Other or others. If human experience is nested in relation, "the braid of bodies that engendered this self," it is also disrupted by "an intimacy that can disassemble and recreate itself" until an uneasy form of empathy emerges from the radical isolation of human introspection: "I would be you, the self at a loss. The invisible hand that rests onthe shoulder/of its own body, guiding it. We do not know what comfort is." Using prose poems to suggest the narrative logic of the story, THE ORPHAN AND ITS RELATIONS takes references from domestic life, myth and folktales, and artworks "to bridge," as Robert Creeley said elsewhere of Robinson's work, "between the physically given world and that other we gloss with words, yet apprehend insistently as the defining presence of our lives themselves."
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Elizabeth Robinson is the author of many books of poetry, including the National Poetry Series winner, Pure Descent (Green Integer Press, 2002), and the Fence Modern Poets prize winner, APPREHEND. Her book ON GHOSTS was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry. Robinson has received grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the Boomerang Foundation. She has been awarded residencies by the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Maison Dora Maar. Recently, Robinson has received Editor's Choice Awards from Scoundrel Time and New Letters. With Jennifer Phelps, she co-edited Quo Anima: Innovation and Spirituality in Contemporary Women's Poetry, published by University of Akron Press (2019).