Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. This full-length hybrid poetic text immediately places the reader in a lonely domestic space within the Pacific Northwest—a woman with a roving and thoughtful eye as our guide. The narrator in THE GREEN CONDITION moves between several concerns: Rome, her new environment, casting metal, raccoons, others. Colen takes these seemingly disparate strands and pleats them, allowing an interaction that illustrates the unexpected poetics in what may seem like free association, yet engages with the possibility for that which is apparently unconnected to inform one another.
Elizabeth J. Colen is most recently the author of WHAT WEAPONRY, a novel in prose poems. Other books include poetry collections Money for Sunsets(Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid THE GREEN CONDITION, and fiction collaboration Your Sick. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, she teaches at Western Washington University.Author City: BELLINGHAM, WA USA