Pioneers in the Study of Motion (New)

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Poetry. Like lyric field notes from a worldwide anthropological journey, Briante's poems scrutinize human and urban situations. "Amid a riot of signals, cranes, and circuitry--from Mexico City to Antarctica--the reader succumbs to a sense of non-stop construction, to the craven expansion of cities in the glistening fields. In the chaos of sensory overload, the poet still manages to detect 'droplets of pollen slip from anther to stamen,' to feel a stream running dry inside. It's a work of shuddering velocity--an ode, a screed, a lament, a love song of 'pristine and inarticulate mornings.' Susan Briante's PIONEERS IN THE STUDY OF MOTION details the ravages of the world in a voracious struggle to savor its sweetness"--C.D. Wright.

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Susan Briante is the author of the chapbooks "True to Scale" (Phylum Press) and "Neotropics: A Romance in Field Notes" (Belladonna* Press). Her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in The Believer, Creative Non-Ficton, and New American Writing, among many others. From 1992–1997, she lived in Mexico City where she worked for the magazines Artes de M©xico and Mandorla. A co-editor of the journal Superflux, Briante is an assistant professor of aesthetic studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Unquiet



Vertex of the Chrysler Building, pray for me; linemen, bartenders, muses, pray for me; crow covered highway, sing for me; over the bridge of a Washburn 6-string, lay me; crazed molecule! terse atom! play for me; with the moans of forklifts, speak for me; in satin, sable, calico, adorn me; squat propane containers of Bayonne, provide for me; as the kestrel takes wing, revive me, nimbly, sweetly, feloniously, devoutly; by signal post, by relay tower, restrain me; if Ember days, claim me; dioramas of Cro-Magnon man, stand for me; willow bough and spikenard, shade me; until 5 winters roll from the Sierra Madre, train me; Nahuas, Zapotecs, Huicholes, do not sentence me; Magellanic clouds, save me; arboreous morning hung on white adobe, enlighten me; with a high-strung C, redeem me; through clefts of granite, girder, limestone, release me; when the fuse is blown, seek me; do not forsake me; remember me



from steepled sea to shining

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