Poetry. Deborah Poe's ELEMENTS lyrically enacts structures and histories of 36 elements. Poe's experimental tactics bring "Phosphorus (P)" and "Calcium (C)" alive with the rigor of a scholar and the precision of a musician. Her visual play is as captivating as the politics of extraction she examines. We meet newborns, labor leaders, lovers and scientists. Poe satisfies our need for story, for discovery, for protest. We also encounter linguistic spaces which thwart narrative expectations: information is presented fragmentarily, out of order or elided completely. Through poems such as "Potassium (K)," "Titanium (Ti)," and "Ununtrium (Uut)," the language of science collides with the language of art, and we watch a literary "between space" emerge: "earthquake syntax of / language and the mind" merge in "thought-flock constellations." We experience hypnosis in the nerve net // hybridization / a closer experience / with the geological body. A continual catalyst between worlds, Poe's poems push beyond the materials and materiality that initiate them.
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Deborah Poe is the author of ELEMENTS (Stockport Flats, 2010), Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords, 2008) and several chapbooks--most recently The Sensual Infrastructure (also published with Stockport Flats Press in 2006). Her writing has recently appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, SIDEBROW, Ploughshares, Filter Literary Journal, DENVER QUARTERLY, and Copper Nickel as well as in the anthologies A SING ECONOMY (Flim Forum Press, 2008) and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press, 2007). Deborah is assistant professor of English at Pace University and fiction editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat.
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