Wednesday, August 21, 2013

After Swann from above/ground press -- just released!

My new chapbook After Swann has just been published by above/ground press. As part of the press' 20th anniversary celebration, I will be in Ottawa on Friday to launch the new chap and celebrate the press.

After Swann

Marthe Reed



   these dreams
   stop like a clock
   a malady

   too irresistible
   this black cavity
   precisely the same

   she might have a red
   a certain type of femininity

   her subjection
   fixed in

   oh, marvelous
   the tombs
   of sunlight straying

   impossible for me
   the vagrancy
   of her

   that face
   deliberately unfinished

   present except
   in a flood of blue light
   that current

   we imagine
   almost ours
   that sort of tenderness

   the instant of pain
   the special pleasure
   and seize

   the mysterious object
   still alive
   buried in a couch of grass

published in Ottawa by above/ground press August 2013

The text for these constraint-driven poems is collaged from the Moncrieff translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, accessed via Project Gutenberg.

Marthe Reed is the author of three books: (em)bodied bliss(Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink 2007). A fourth book, Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain, will appear September 2013 from Unlikely Books; a fifth will be published by Lavender Ink (2014). She has also published four chapbooks as part of the Dusie Kollektiv. Her poetry has appeared in New American WritingGolden Handcuffs ReviewNew Orleans ReviewHOW2MiPOesiasFairy Tale ReviewExquisite CorpseBlazeVOX, and The Offending Adam, among others. Her manuscript, an earth of sweetness dances in the vein, was a finalist in Ahsahta Press 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Contest; her manuscript Nights Reading was a finalist for the Elizabeth P. Braddock Prize (Coconut 
Books). An essay on Claudia Rankine's The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue appears in American Letters and Commentary.
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