Poetry. Jessica Baran's ekphrastic poems challenge the way we encounter the aural, visual, and textual artifacts of artists and thinkers as varied as Sergio Leone, Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, and Hank Williams. Strange and intriguing, Baran is a voyeur who provides heuristic glimpses into new aesthetic experiences. These poems peek into the tangling and untangling complexities of a performance by Jan Bas Ader, a poem by Wallace Stevens, or a video installation by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Baran is as wildly adept in her investigations of the filmic gaze in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as she is in her poetic misprision of Derrida's Specters of Marx or in her inhabiting of a song by Metallica. REMAINS TO BE USED invites and disorients, changes lenses, and ultimately trespasses the interior worlds of objets d'art.
Jessica Baran is the author of two poetry collections: EQUIVALENTS (Lost Roads Press, 2012 - winner of the Brigham Women Writers Award) and REMAINS TO BE USED (Apostrophe Books, 2010), as well as the chapbook Late and Soon, Getting and Spending (All Along Press, 2012). She was the director of fort gondo compound for the arts, in St. Louis, MO for five years. Her poetry and art criticism have appeared in Art in America, Artforum.com, A Public Space, Aufgabe, the Awl, BOMB, the Boston Review, and Poor Claudia, among other publications.Author City: SAINT LOUIS, MO USA