Poetry. Drawing on found text from a variety of historical sources, BE THE THING OF MEMORY is composed of four long poems built from erasures, specifically from the autobiography of Sophia Tolstoy, a mid-century girl scout handbook, an auditory testing guide, and writings on or by Sarah Hackett Stevenson and Alice Magaw, two of the earliest women in medicine in the United States. Part archivist, part architect, Carrie Olivia Adams excavates the stories of women—famous, forgotten, and ordinary—from history and enters into dialogue with them, giving voice to the continuity of experience and humanity that is our shared foundation. The poems move from feral fields to a dark trail in the woods to the fire of the mind while the weight of tiny things converges with the weight of story itself. Uncertainty. Disbelief. Resilience. Tell me What do you hear And with what ear do you hear it?
Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago with her husband and two cats. She is the Promotions and Marketing Communications Director for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. Her books includeE THE THING OF MEMORY (Tolsun Books, 2021), OPERATING THEATER (Noctuary Press, 2015), FORTY- ONE JANE DOE'S (Ahsahta Press, 2013), and INTERVENING ABSENCE (Ahsahta Press, 2009) in addition to the chapbooks Proficiency Badges, Grapple, Overture in the Key of F, and A Useless Window. When she's not making poems, she's making biscuits.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA