Poetry. Gay and Lesbian Studies. How do you trace death? What do you make of the useless objects left behind? Conjuring Cage, Stein, and Francesca Woodman, British poet Sophie Robinson documents the detritus of sudden loss. Layering word and image, object and subject, the said with the unsayable, A is as Caroline Bergvall writes, "[a] work of mourning. Angry, torn, hardly daring to remember"--a textual performance of "love that dares to speak as queer." A is published as part of the TrenchArt: Tracer Series, with a foreword by Caroline Bergvall, an afterword by Diane Ward, and collaborative visual art by Ken Erhlich and Susan Simpson.
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Robinson's experimental chapbook is no doubt intriguing. In the first section she employs a list technique, similar to Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, which is meant to catalogue either the speaker's ... Read full review