Capobianco, Edward Jesse

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These poems are scripts for their own creation. They do not necessarily share a singular speaker or addressee, but together they create an I and a Thou that are sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit, and sometimes blurred with other self/other pairs in particular poems. The poems are interested in the death of the death of God, in the impossibility of memory, and in the possibility of a de-commodified communication. The poems are interested in the body as a birthed thing, in the spiral pattern of its growth, and in its memory. Associative dream-thinking and what Hannah Arendt calls the internal senses (here, in particular, the sense of taste) become a kind of logic by which the poems can proceed. These poems play with what can be covered up, what can be uncovered, and how the distance between the two can be collapsed into a flat field.


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Poetry, Poetics, Tongue, Hermeneutics, Virgules, Hyphosis