The Tatters (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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In this nuanced and moving new collection of poems, Brenda Coultas weaves a meditation on contemporary life and our place in it. Coultas, who is known for her investigative documentary approach, turns her attention to landfills and the odd histories embedded in the materials found there. The poems make their home among urban and rural detritus, waste, trinkets, and found objects. The title poem, for example, takes its cue from the random, often perfect, pigeon feathers found on city streets. In a seamless weave of poetic sentences, The Tatters explores how our human processes of examination are often bound up with destruction. These poems enable us to be present with the sorrow and horror of our destructive nature, and to honor the natural world while acknowledging that this world no longer exists in any pure form, calling to us instead from cracks in the sidewalk, trash heaps, and old objects. Check for the online reader’s companion at tatters.site.wesleyan.edu.

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BRENDA COULTAS is author of three books of poems: The Marvelous Bones of Time, A Handmade Museum, and Early Films. She teaches at Touro College and has served as faculty in Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and she lives in New York City.

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“In this beautiful new book, Coultas gathers the debris of our living, sifting through the midden piles to uncover ‘the heat of the keystrokes,’ the made world at the center of the hornets' nest or the human anatomy book. She takes apart the animal-made machines to show us not only the tatters at the heart of living, but also the ‘full glory’ of our assemblages (objects and bodies). In this ethical testimony, occurring at the boundary between the remains and the living, she shows us the only thing that will keep us going: how to share this world.” (Eleni Sikelianos, author of The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead)

“The Tatters is a real achievement―a recognizable and complex texture of feeling accrues through an organization of ephemera and idiosyncratic self-assessments bound up completely with lived experience in a shared and difficult if constantly surprising world.” (Anselm Berrigan, author of Notes From Irrelevance)

“Unlike most writers who are working in hybrid forms, Coultas creates a seamless enmeshment between poetry and prose, and this consistency of voice and tone is one of her great strengths. It’s her signature, really, a kind of magical occurrence where two things merge to become a third thing―something completely different.” (Lewis Warsh, author of A Place in the Sun and Inseparable)

“Brenda Coultas’s supreme deftness at turning detritus into living aching contemporaneity takes on an additional register, here, every beautifully grounded line sounding, simultaneously, a kind of music of the spheres. From the firey innards of a blue stone (that is also the blue gaze of a doll), to the trailer that marks a burnt farmhouse, to the flaming eye of meth, to night’s turning blue planets, Brenda Coultas delivers from deep within her midden of detritus, a ‘city within the fire.’ Which is our city, our burnished insides, our tattered time + its dead objects tagged with the history of human hubris. Not a list but a story, kaleidoscopic embers, spinning into a world of incredible, deeply menaced, wonder.” (Gail Scott, author of The Obituary)

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