Poetry. DEEP CITY renders the city and the body as architectures in crisis. The poems explore the city and suburbs as container and contents of collective memory and investigate how space shapes the body/ how we create space. They examine language and identity in the pathology of late capitalism, with its unaffordable housing, healthcare, and educational systems, exploitive labor practices, and continuous violence on its citizens. DEEP CITY captures city as site for these myriad interactions, locating the body in space in relation to people, animals, architectures, and technologies. The city also becomes site to explore the self in relation to its urban exteriority, working to question the limits of the construction of self and subjectivity. Riffing on themes of urban decay, suburban housing developments, and the works of Julia Kristeva, Young Jeezy, and Honoré de Balzac, DEEP CITY explores what happens when narrated identity becomes both essential and unbearable.
Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist, and the author of GENTLEWOMEN (Noemi Press, 2020), DESIRING MAP (Noemi Press, 2015) and DEEP CITY (Coconut Books, 2012). An Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Kansas, she teaches in the MFA and PhD Creative Writing program and is a Co-Director of the KU Global Grasslands CoLABorative. She is also the founder and curator of the Ad Astra Writing Project.Author City: LAWRENCE, KS USA