Poetry. "Owens's theme is that of violation—the violation of one person's space by those who want to control or absorb it, who will not let it be…Owens does not shrink from the violence and horror she finds everywhere around her and which she projects back, most convincingly, into what was supposed to be, according to Burckhardt and Berenson, the ordered and measured world of Renaissance Florence. [Owens's] is a universe of stark gesture, lightning flash, and uncompromising judgment: it is imperative, in her poetic world, to face up to the horror, even as the point of view is flexible enough to avoid all dogmatism"—from Marjorie Perloff's introduction.
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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