Brian Pera reviews Elisa Gabbert’s The Self Unstable today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Posts Tagged: Elisa Gabbert
The History of Asterisks
It is midnight under the sky’s dome ceiling.
The moon speaks, saying nothing of consequence.
John Wayne is from Iowa, so we hitchhiked West
and I realized I never really loved you.
Your skepticism of scientific indices of happiness
is probably gendered or otherwise distorted.
You do now. Join occasional Rumpus contributors Elisa Gabbert and Sommer Browning as they live-tweet “The Shining,” tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Pacific. Why don’t I include the other time zones? Because we do the conversion automatically.
Follow the hashtag #redrum or follow Elisa and Sommer (I do!) at their respective Twitter handles @egabbert and @vagtalk....more
Welcome to The Rumpus’s National Poetry Month project. We’ll be running a new poem from a different poet each day for the month of April.
When I wake in the morning,
my mind is black.
The voice that animates The French Exit is smart and philosophically dexterous, capable of showing the self to be a fetish-object of its own and also a refractive subject of Lacanian devotion, as a mirror which doesn’t so much distort as endless “reveal,” like the panopticon eye of a camera....more
In a very powerful piece in the Guardian, Bidisha writes about how she’s tired of being the token woman in the British arts scene, and about how women are consistently underrepresented in reviews, on panels, and in other venues. Her numbers speak for themselves: “I felt it [nausea] when I saw this week’s edition of the London Review of Books....more
We Have Lost Our Systems of Meaning
If it’s cool to be a geek, we have lost our systems of meaning. This was always the goal. We seek methods of being terrified. We want it to be art, so we redefine art....more
The Irish Times reports on Seamus Heaney’s Irish Human Rights Commission lecture, in which he argues that the work of writers has been crucial in keeping alive the spirit of freedom. I’m looking forward to seeing a transcript of this speech, because I’d like to see how far he pushes the comparison....more