Fiction. Poetry. Introduction by Susan McCabe. DIES: A SENTENCE by Vanessa Place is a 117-page, one-sentence novel about the coils of language and war, unspooled in the dying breath of a pre- and post-scient World War I soldier. John Witte of the Northwest Review calls DIES, "a marvel of sustained synergy," author Jim Krusoe describes the book as "dizzyingly complex, compound, and full of miraculous side trips as well," and novelist Doug Nufer heralds DIES as a "delightful tour de force of a hopelessly grim predicament." Place obliterates the line between victim and perpetrator, subject and object, rendering this human truth: in the death sentence of life, there is still beauty. "Roll over, dear Whitman," says Susan McCabe in her Introduction, "Here's our new original."
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Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted. She is the author of DIES: A SENTENCE (Les Figues Press), and a chapbook, Figure from The Gates of Paradise (Woodland Editions). Other work has appeared in Northwest Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Five Fingers Review. Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA