THE HABITABLE WORLD
These debuts are mostly off the beaten path of traditional prize or university-based first book publication, yet are vital, accessible and engaging. All will be released by this month.
"Ready to admonish, fingers cocked,/ we wrote barter systems in the minutes but did not follow up…./ your house is not/ your house but a group of stances taken together to indicate tenancy." In this set of lyrics, the Virginia-based Anderson delineates the outlines of a liveable, but not necessarily hospitable world, often in long lines that can recall Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge or Ann Lauterbach. "When you flipped over/ I declined to follow"—this book's resistence to dispossession is quiet, beautiful and firm.
Release date: 01/01/2001