Poetry. A long poem about contemporary New York ponders self and society in poetry, politics, and the polisIn HART ISLAND, the poet narrator walks and works in the East Village of Manhattan navigating the day to day needs and desires of a community, an organization, a changing neighborhood, as well as her own. The poem, which begins after she discovers the existence of an appropriated, politically walled-off potter's field/prison, proposes that others are not figurative or metaphorical, but are literal, material—that alterity can be both a limit and radiance.Praise for Stacy Szymaszek:"Each poem is what I am looking for: a resonance with a particular location, an intelligence unafraid of its humanity, a sort of desperate adequacy with the people or objects that Szymaszek encounters."—Etel Adnan
THE PASOLINI BOOK is Stacy Szymaszek's sixth book of poetry. Her book Famous Hermits will be also be published in 2022. She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant in poetry. From 2007-2018, she was the director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York City. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley where she is an educator and a freelance consultant for arts and social justice nonprofits.