Poetry. Women's Studies. "Using her recovering body as a constraint for poetic inspiration, Jennifer Firestone has written poems that are limpid, elemental, tranquil, and full of light."--Cathy Park Hong
"For poets, constraints are a bucket dipped into the sea of language, a way of measuring what otherwise can seem like infinity. Firestone sets up a constraint to keep her alive and in time: 'write 10 lines a day--no matter what.' To convey the fullness of this experience, Firestone weaves lyrical but real prose narratives into the book that ground the poems within the chaotic gestalt of hospitals, medication, and doctors who use strange metaphors to describe their procedures. More than a book of poetry, TEN is a generous blueprint for how to maintain creativity when something like surgery (or the state of the nation) tosses you out of your life and into the swelling, throbbing, regulating reality of 'present practicing.' As Firestone writes, 'that's what artists do.'"--Kristin Prevallet
"Floating within a frame: A window seen from bed while awaiting meds. A question about how to deal with pain. A harder question about how to establish order and rhythm, how to contain without overdetermining, blurring, or violating view. A question about writing--how it performs adjacency, counterpoise, temporary stability. How should chaos be parenthetically constrained? How can writing, as frame, be willed to unreign? TEN is a method. TEN is also pleasure, hard-won. Firestone has discovered a marvelous way to mean to go on."--Catherine Wagner
About the Author
Jennifer Firestone is the author of Waves, an investigation of death and death-language forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, which is part of a longer work entitled Gates & Fields. Her chapbooks from Flashes (2006), an excerpt from a long prose poem exploring money, war and urban culture, and snapshot (2004), which is a selection from her book Holiday, are both published by Sona Books. Her work has appeared innumerous journals, including How2, 14 Hills, 580 Split, Boog City, MIPOesias, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Dusie and Moria. Jennifer lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their infant twins. She is Poet in Residence at Eugene Lang College at the New School University.