Poetry. A Gurlesque remix of Roland Barthes' classic study of the language of love, MY LOVER'S DISCOURSE is an eclectic handbook for desire in its many forms. In prose and verse, definition and drama, this wry compendium takes up the proposition that Barthes' treatise is ripe for a redo—whereas his is male, French, and esoteric, this one is female, American, and tacky. Fresh in both senses, it retraces the steps of an interior paramour: "She rants. She begs. She tergiversates on virginity, ceilings, maenads, blow jobs, room service, Sappho, amusement parks, and Medusa. She gets in hot water. She goes swimming."
BK Fischer is a writer and teacher living in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She is the author most recently of Radioapocrypha, a novella-in-verse that won the 2017 The Journal/Wheeler Prize from the Ohio State University Press, and MY LOVER'S DISCOURSE (Tinderbox Editions, 2018), a gurlesque remix of Roland Barthes's classic text. Her previous poetry collections are Mutiny Gallery, winner of the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, and St. Rage's Vault, an ekphrastic pregnancy memoir that received the 2012 Washington Prize from The Word Works. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, FIELD, Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Literary Mama, WSQ, Blackbird, Modern Language Studies, The Hopkins Review, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, Posit, and other journals. She is also the author of a critical study, Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge, 2006), and was a finalist for the 2014 Balakian Citation in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. Her reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Jacket2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Kenyon Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. She teaches in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and at the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York.Author City: SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY USA