Poetry. Jewish. LGBTQIA. NATALITY is an epic poem, a palimpsestic narrative-body that confronts the tyranny of jealousy by multiplying narrative possibilities at every turn, troubling fixed assumptions of identity through the (im)possibility of rebirth. The biblical figures Hagar and Sarai have been read through a narrative of jealousy as early as the 6th century B.C.E. when Abrahamic lore had its written beginnings. From the fractured grounds of familial, communal, and (inter)national turmoil emanate the voices of Hagar and Sarai in the news, familial lore, Renaissance paintings, video-games, texts, etc. Their voices merge, come undone, lay side by side, untouch, stain, mar, beautify, knot and unknot. Attentive to failure and irredeemable loss NATALITY unearths ancestral trauma from the past and weaves it thoroughly into the present.
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E.G. Asher holds an MFA from Brown University and the 2015-16 Stadler Fellowship from Bucknell University. Asher's work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Lana Turner, The Berkley Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, and the Colorado Review. They have served as an associate editor of West Branch magazine and as a seminar associate of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. Asher currently lives in New York.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA