by kari edwards
This writing is the New Brave. Few writers have so given in to the entropic forces that disentangle our bodies in the end, while at the same time furiously pooling social content into observable patterns. And there are thousands! Millions! Billions! In biological systems, DNA nucleotides are linked by enzymes in order to make long, chainlike polynucleotides of defined sequence. In writing, the sub-social is linked by signs that make ringlets of undefined sequence. Only we can make think to make thought from it. It cannot be conceived of in advance. It cannot be found on the web. No se vende ni se compra. edwards’s radical neo-communitarian impulse is something that’s blood-borne, but not bloody, something that’s keen & observant, but not oculocentric. Like Antonin Artaud, edwards sought to make Writing = Life.
Radical rishi poet-seer-sage kari edwards’s stunningly powerful and erudite essay-rant-manifesto-‘swarm of / messages’ calls a nation of docile bodies to account: ‘no more… protecting the audience from/exploding stigmatas, tracer bullets and the / shit of the dead.’ Deploying lyric thrust ‘to detonate the heart,’ blown bodies, categories and lines enact new ‘delicious fractal’ social contracts for reducing suffering in the body public/private and generating ‘growth in the sky of mind.’ Read this book and you’ll never go back.
Bharat jiva a penultimate comment on the banality and glimmering potential holdout of humanity. Philosophy of philosophy, planetary biological religious cosmic consideration afloat on the tension of gerunds manifesting without always an I, yet I speaks (“did I not say”). There is agency in the dynamic vibrational circumstances through an accumulation of modifying phrases that eventually land on a sentence’s subject, but not always and not definitively, and the subject transmogrifies through sediment layering accumulation.
—Cara Benson for Jacket2; November 7, 2011.
kari edwards (December 2, 1954 – December 2, 2006) received one of Small Press Traffic’s book of the year awards (2004) and New Langton Art’s Bay Area Award in literature (2002). edwards is the author of obedience (Factory School 2005), iduna (O Books 2003), a day in the life of p. (subpress collective 2002), a diary of lies—Belladonna #27 (Belladonna Books 2002), and post/(pink) (Scarlet Press 2000). edwards’ work can also be found in Scribner’s The Best American Poetry (2004), Bay Poetics (Faux Press 2006), Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press 2004), Biting the Error: writers explore narrative (Coach House 2004), Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (Haworth Press, Inc. 2004), Experimental Theology, Public Text 0.2. (Seattle Research Institute 2003), and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (Painted Leaf Press 2000).
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Edited by Julian T. Brolaski, erica kaufman, and E. Tracy Grinnell
With contributions from Cara Benson, Frances Blau, Mark Brasuell, Julian T. Brolaski, Reed Bye, Marcus Civin, CAConrad, Donna de la Perrière, E. Tracy Grinnell, Rob Halpern, Jen Hofer, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, erica kaufman, Kevin Killian, Wendy Kramer, Joseph Lease, Rachel Levitsky, Joan MacDonald, Bill Marsh, Chris Martin, Yedda Morrison, Eileen Myles, Akilah Oliver, Tim Peterson, Ellen Redbird, Leslie Scalapino, Michael Smoler, Sherman Souther, Eleni Stecopoulos, and Anne Waldman.
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