Intervening Absence

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Ahsahta Press, Boise State University, 2009 - Poetry - 83 pages
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Poetry. Carrie Olivia Adams delves into a space defined by air and sky, each movement another scene of a movie re-filmed many times over. INTERVENING ABSENCE, a series of sequences that question silence and interaction (and which both stand alone and themselves interact), is a work of strong architectural integrity populated by speakers whose vulnerability is extreme. Adams writes, "The poems wait, lie still. The poems creep and jump forward. The poems tense and relax their muscles. They interact with the unseen, the wished for, and the undeniably present. I can only hope that in their whispers to you they intervene." These poems calmly announce a realm of interrupted conversations with the self as moving pictures projected on parlor walls, where Adams engages the idea of pause and distance.

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About the author (2009)

Carrie Olivia Adams is a publicist at the University of Chicago Press; she is also the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She has published one chapbook, A Useless Window, and her first full-length collection, Intervening Absence, is available from Ahsahta Press. Her poems and criticism have appeared in such journals as Backwards City Review, Cranky, DIAGRAM, Verse, and Lilies and Cannonballs. Her poem-films, "Pandora's Star Box," and "Winter Came" can be seen on YouTube.

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