Poetry. "DISCRETE CATEGORIES FORCED INTO COUPLING is consummate masterwork by a singuarly perceptive and articulate poet. Deceptively quiet in manner, its intimate foci and tone make clear the ground of our contemporary lives, our 'being together' despite the distances of isolating thought. I love Kathleen Fraser's extraordinary intelligence, her persistent care for where she is—and for all those she finds there too"—Robert Creeley. "Here is a language of poetry that recognizes, beyond its intimacies, the intellectual and elusively sensate aspects of visual and literary aesthetic connection"—Carla Harryman.
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Kathleen Fraser grew up in Oklahoma, Colorado, and California. In 1959, she received a degree in English Literature from Occidental College. After graduating, she moved to New York City to work as an editorial assistant for Mademoiselle magazine before pursuing her poetic studies. Among Fraser's poetic influences are Black Mountain, New York School, and Objectivist poets, including Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, and George Oppen. She has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including mixed-genre collections, a chapbook of collaged wall pieces, and an essay collection. Her published works include when new time folds up (Chax Press, 1993), il cuore: the heart (Wesleyan University Press, 1997), Translating the Unspeakable (University Alabama Press 1999), DISCRETE CATEGORIES FORCED INTO COUPLING (Apogee Press, 2004) and MOVABLE TYYPE (Nightboat Books, 2011). She lives in San Francisco and spends each spring in Rome. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA