Poetry. HARM EDEN is about how our fucked-up present-day civilization is built on originary and timeless systemic damage. The fantasy of nature and/or art as echoes of a purer creation reinforces this foundation all the more. This book attempts to think through and simultaneously away from this evil fantasy and the civilization it upholds by exploiting the tension between history and poetry.
Jennifer Nelson is the author of AIM AT THE CENTAUR STEALING YOUR WIFE (Ugly Duckling Press, 2015); CIVILIZATION MAKES ME LONELY, winner of the Sawtooth Prize (Ahsahta, 2017); and HARM EDEN (Ugly Duckling Press, 2021). Her work has appeared in Panda's Friend, A Perfect Vacuum, Social Text, The Baffler, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; she was the Offen Poet at the University of Chicago in 2020. She is also assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and the author of Disharmony of the Spheres: The Europe of Holbein's Ambassadors (Penn State University Press, 2019).Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA