Poetry. "Although well known as a playwright, Owens is yet another talented poet who has not received her due because her poems are neither easy nor easily classifiable. Owens is, firstly, a political poet. She presents readers with reconstructed and sometimes wholly imagined 'historical' events in an attempt to expose what she feels has been neglected or overlooked. Thus in 'Luca: Discourse on Life and Death,' Owens's most recent (and most accomplished) work, the reader is confronted with an extensive investigation of Leonardo da Vinci's atelier during the composition of Mona Lisa. Both the artistic processes and the human relationships involved are dissected in writing that is playfully anachronistic and critically insightful"—Publishers Weekly. "In its uncompromising savagery, its passionate rejection of sentimentality, Rochelle Owens's lyric voice is unique among contemporary poets. An astonishing body of work"—Marjorie Perloff.
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A central figure in the international avant-garde for fifty years, Rochelle Owens is a poet, playwright, translator, and video artist. She has published seventeen books of poetry including HERMAPHROPOETICS, DRIFTING GEOMETRIES (Singing Horse Press, 2017), OUT OF UR: NEW & SELECTED POEMS 1961-2012 (Shearsman Books, 2013), SOLITARY WORKWOMAN (Junction Press, 2011), and LUCA: DISCOURSE ON LIFE AND DEATH (Junction Press, 2001). She is the author of four collections of plays and also edited Spontaneous Combustion: Eight New American Plays. She translated Liliane Atlan's The Passersby. Owens has been a recipient of five Village Voice Obie awards and Honors from the New York Drama Critics Circle. A pioneer in the American experimental theatre, her plays have been presented at Le Festival d'Avignon and the Berlin Theatre Festival. She is widely known as one of the most innovative and controversial writers of this century, whose groundbreaking work has influenced subsequent experimental poets and playwrights.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA