Poetry. The poems in MOUTHS attempt the impossible task of speaking outside human language and after the end of human life. That they always already fail to do so is thematized in chafing refrains, syntactic disjunctions, and the accusatory second person pronoun, which addresses at once the reader and the poetry's own uncomfortable materiality. MOUTHS is a manifestation of apocalyptic lyric: experimental, eco-critical, and feminist, its varied forms span human, animal, and insect in ever-shifting relationships of speech, song, eros, and consumption. MOUTHS addresses the inextricability of love and violence in the communities—living and non-living, past and present—that make up our world.
Claire Marie Stancek is also the author of Oil Spell (Omnidawn, 2018). With Daniel Benjamin, she co- edited Active Aesthetics: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (Tuumba / Giramondo 2016), and with Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she is co-founder and co-editor of Nion Editions. She is currently a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches poetry workshops and literature classes.Author City: Toronto, ON CAN