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Rumor

Rumor

by Elizabeth Robinson
Paperback
Publication Date: 19/01/2018
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Robinson's ambition in Rumor is enormous--to understand the problem of violence, to understand how power subjugates bodies and souls and turns them to use. In the world these poems inhabit, language itself is a violent power tool, a buzzsaw, precise, ruthless, and often wrong. Yet language's instability allows Robinson to turn it on itself to question categories such as gender. Through brooding, bloody, clearwater analysis, through delicate, brutally uncertain self-questioning, Robinson's poems create a frictive warmth that's not comfortable, but rousing. --Catherine Wagner

Elizabeth Robinson has long been probing the interplay of the personal with the abstract or, as she has put it, "the brick floor from which the/ kingdom of God extends/ or could extend." In Rumor, the poet-victim (whom "grief evicts" from herself) tries to take on the persona of perpetrator as if it were a sanctuary from which to explore and understand the violence: "she lies a divided pronoun /. . . / knife slicing through softened self/. . . / She/ crouches over/ herself, a difficult/ situation." The poems worry at boundaries between subject/object, male/female/ transgender, but most of all between "abstract" violence and the physical ("the teacher/ flayed by removal from/ the student"). This process of incarnation, of word made flesh is frightening, nauseating, but must be faced: "we cough up words made of flesh/ and eat them anew." Here "I myself/ had no face, but took/ to smiling" and "wrapped my hand around my incomprehension." Rumor is fascinating, daunting, complex. Its exploration remains open, does not pretend to find answers, but instead offers memorable words: "How firmly the answer closes its eyes." --Rosmarie Waldrop

ELIZABETH ROBINSON is the author of multiple collections of poetry, including the National Poetry Series winner, Pure Descent, and the Fence Modern Poets Prize winner, Apprehend. Her poetry has appeared in such anthologies as American Hybrid, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, and The Best American Poetry of 2002. She works as the homeless navigator for Boulder Municipal Court and teaches at Lighthouse Writers' Workshop.
ISBN:
9781602351530
9781602351530
Category:
Poetry by individual poets
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19-01-2018
Publisher:
Parlor Press
Pages:
86
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x5mm
Weight:
0.14kg
Elizabeth Robinson

Elizabeth Robinson BSW MIICT holds a degree in Professional Counselling from the University of New South Wales. She has had numerous years of clinical experience as a counsellor in public healthcare and educational settings and extensive experience in private practice.

Elizabeth has held a variety of clinical medical positions in hospitals and the specialist departments of Neurosciences, Neurology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, Surgery and Oncology. She also draws upon twenty-five years of self development and spiritual development adding depth and potency to her work.

With an international clientele, Elizabeth’s wisdom and powerful insight has assisted many people make significant shifts and sustained change. Known for her gregarious style as a speaker and educator, Elizabeth has presented at conferences and lead workshops in Australia and overseas.

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