Poetry. YOU ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT THE INTERIOR emerges out of the ontological shock and double-bind of there being a world (rather than nothing at all), and inhabiting this world that "depends on violence." Still, Carolina Ebeid writes "I have wanted / to make you something / beautiful." Drawing on influences such as Barthes's notion of the punctum (the photographic detail that pierces the viewer) to the repertoire of circles and twirls—the veronicas—bullfighters make with the red cape to attract the bull, Ebeid explores a poetics that is at once intricate and intimate. The poems in this book move by way of metaphors and poetic turns that reveal and wound; they cover territories ranging from personal confession and diagnosis to political catastrophes such as war and exile. Witnessing again to the lyric as art of ethical reckoning, each poem in YOU ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT THE INTERIOR is an ardent fathoming of our most interior selves, each poem in Ebeid's long-awaited first collection is a momentary "allegory for the soul."
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Carolina Ebeid is currently studying in the PhD program in creative writing at the University of Denver, and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She has been awarded fellowships and prizes in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michener Center, CantoMundo, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Stadler Center for Poetry. She grew up in West New York, New Jersey. Author City: DENVER, CO USA