Poetry. Part autobiography, part revisionist biography of Jane Bowles, UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR is Kate Colby's attempt to "wind [herself] like a stripe to a pole" in order to catch an honest glimpse of herself "in the corner of [her own] eye." The long poem is about personal historicity, persona, performance, femininity, travel, exile, home, storytelling, and the act of writing itself. "To use her own words, Kate Colby's poetry 'cannibalizes' and 'interbreeds' with itself, with the author's life, and with the work and life of Jane Bowles, the great 20th century fiction writer and playwright. This booklength poem creates its own trajectory--a set of rapid explosions which transform into caresses. Colby's harmonics--graceful, melodic, fluid and dissonant by turn--work in counterpoint to the relentless flow of fragments and blurs. UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR is hyper-active to the extreme, and a step onwards"--Lewis Warsh.
Kate Colby is author of the poetry collections DREAM OF THE TRENCHES (Noemi Press, 2019), The Arrangements (Four Way Books, 2018), BLUE HOLE (Furniture Press Books, 2015), I MEAN (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), BEAUPORT (Litmus Press, 2010), UNBECOMING BEHAVIOR (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), FRUITLANDS (Litmus Press, 2006), which won the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2007, and ROCK OF AGES (2005). She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts and the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University. She was a founding board member of the Gloucester Writers Center in Massachusetts, where she now serves on the advisory board. Born and raised in Boston, she currently lives in Providence.Author City: PROVIDENCE, RI USA