Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Fiction. Essay. Part autofiction, part sequential critical engagement, the eponymous essay in DREAM OF THE TRENCHES investigates and builds upon narrative recursion, self-reflexivity and subjective treatments of time in modern and contemporary writing. Winding through the work of Ben Lerner, it also addresses Ashbery, Woolf, Stein, Lessing, Mathews, Knausgaard and others. An accompanying sequence of 20 micro-essays—each of exactly 150 words—explores the possibilities of formal constraint with torqued language ranging across topics from beauty to popular music to the senescence of lobsters.
Kate Colby is author of the poetry collections DREAM OF THE TRENCHES (Noemi Press, 2019), The Arrangements (Four Way Books, 2018), BLUE HOLE (Furniture Press Books, 2015), I MEAN (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), BEAUPORT (Litmus Press, 2010), UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), FRUITLANDS (Litmus Press, 2006), which won the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2007, and ROCK OF AGES (2005). She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University. She was a founding board member of the Gloucester Writers Center in Massachusetts, where she now serves on the advisory board. Born and raised in Boston, she currently lives in Providence.Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA