Poetry. A mother's illness and early death is only the beginning of the story of STRANGER, Laura Sims's second collection. This is a death whose presence and particulars are felt and inscribed, and which achieves an agency, a purview, a resistance. We feel the loss from all angles, even as Sims's episodic, quicksilver narrative moves up and through a mother's life and its incompletion, her apprehension in the face of death, a surviving child's guilt and the adult child's attempts at comprehension of who/what the mother is, now that she's gone. In the end there is a hopeful hopelessness in approaching Eternity. Laura Sims's delicacy and agility are equal to her forbearance, and all are up to the remarkable task of recounting a life and afterlife.
Laura Sims is the author of MY GOD IS THIS A MAN, STRANGER, and PRACTICE, RESTRAINT (all from Fence Books), and five chapbooks of poetry. She edited Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson (powerHouse Books), a book of her correspondence with the celebrated experimental novelist. Sims has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog, and has been a co-editor of Instance Press since 2009. She teaches literature and creative writing at NYU-SPS and lives with her family in Brooklyn. STAYING ALIVE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016) is her fourth book of poetry.Author City: Brooklyn, NY USA