Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Art. WHAT THIS BREATHING traverses the overlapping zones of nuclear family and climate catastrophe, their social and political manifestations and the way they unfold as forces that shape the details of personal life. The poems search for a language through which to reimagine relation: to other people, to self, to historical and ecological time, and to futurity in an age when daily accretions of systemic violence render the present a seemingly endless end in itself.
Laura Elrick is a poet, essayist, educator, and performance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Previous works include WHAT THIS BREATHING (The Elephants, 2020), PROPAGATION (Kenning Editions, 2012), Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School, 2005), and SKINCERITY (Krupskaya Books, 2003), as well as the trans-media performances Stalk (2008) and Blocks Away (2010). Her work has appeared in the anthologies Viz. Interarts: Interventions and The Eco Language Reader, as well as in numerous journals including Bomb, Mandorla, The Brooklyn Rail, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, LINE, and Aufgabe. She is Associate Professor of Writing at Pratt Institute.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA