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kathryn l. pringle is an American poet living in Oakland, Ca. She is the author of fault tree (Omnidawn 2012), RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School 2009) and two chapbooks: The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper and Felicity are lovers (TAXT). pringle's work can also be found in the anthology Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (Conversations at the Wartime Cafe Press/ WODV Press) and in the anthology I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues 2012).
Richard Meier is a poet and a poetry teacher, having worked with the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York and in Chicago with the Poetry Center’s Hands on Stanzas, for which he received the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Excellence in teaching. He is the writer-in-residence at Carthage College, and the author of the poetry collections Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar and Terrain Vague, selected by Tomaž Šalamun for the Verse Prize. He divides his time between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin.
About In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary:
Studying the gravitational pull of the meanings people assign objects, rather than shifting subject or focus from poem to poem, this collection of prose poems demonstrates a clever construction and inclusive thought process. Versus merely mapping the human experience, as is the case with many other poetry collections, the landscape of these poems is multidimensional and twists in unexpected ways. The poet was partially inspired by Charles Baudelaire's Petits poèmes en prose and Francis Ponge’s La Fabrique du pré, Meier’s poems take up their explorations of poetry as more than the individual line.
Virginie Lalucq is the author of numerous books and her poetry has been included in anthologies and journals in France. She is a founding member of the editorial collective for the journal Nioques and is a librarian at the National Foundation of the Political Sciences in France. Jean-Luc Nancy is an author with an education in philosophy and biology. His books include Being Singular Plural and Listening. He was a distinguished professor of psychology at the Université Marc Bloch and has been a visiting professor at various prestigious institutions worldwide. Sylvain Gallais is a professor of economics and French at Arizona State University, and has also served as their coordinator of the French program in the International School of Languages and Cultures. His books include France Encounters Globalization. Cynthia Hogue has published seven collections of poetry, including The Incognito Body and Or Consequence. She is the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry in the creative writing program at Arizona State University. Gallais and Hogue live in Phoenix, Arizona.
About Fortuno Samano: (The Over flowing of the Poem)
Generating an exciting poetic dialogue that is as insightful as it is eloquent and creative, this combined poem and complementary philosophical analysis is an astute rendering of the intersection of intellect and language as an art form. With the original French preserved on the facing pages, this collaborative work by an emerging French poet, Virginie Lalucq, and the distinguished philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy presents a startlingly robust poetic experience. The serial poem “Fortino Sámano” is a meditation on a photo of the eponymous subject, taken by Mexican photographer Agustín Víctor Casasola during the Mexican Revolution. In the image Sámano, a Zapatista lieutenant and counterfeiter, appears to stare death nonchalantly in the face moments before his execution by firing squad. The poem makes no attempt to craft a biography or history of the man, but instead treats the image itself—reflecting on the fact that the camera caught the image of life just prior to its end. Jean-Luc Nancy contributes a series of commentaries on the poem, creating a philosophical contemplation of “Fortino Sámano” but also a poetic investigation of the lyric genre that works hand-in-hand with the poem itself. The inspiring union becomes an altogether unique poetic experience with an unmatchable depth and plenty to ruminate on during each subsequent re-reading of this delightful and impressive project.
Norma Cole is a poet, translator, and adjunct lecturer at the University of San Francisco. She is a columnist at Open Space, the featured blog of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in the past has been honored as a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California–Berkeley. She is the translator of Jean Daive’s collection of poetry, A Women with Several Lives. She lives in San Francisco.
About Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside:
Spoken in the voice of common, but charged, language—that of posters, announcements, and graffiti—this collection of poetry balls up brief and potent images to be passed back and forth between unlikely juxtapositions. Throughout the poems, the chance encounters with language are examined in explorative lyrics that are politically—and relentlessly—intelligent. The poems are linked together by emotion and diction and consider questions such as What does it mean to be at war? What are facts? When does the past begin? The answers delivered by the poet are oftentimes surprising and always sharp.
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