The Way a Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity
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About the Author
Danielle Vogel is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and herbalist whose work explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book--as an extended field of a body--might serve as a site of radical transformation. She is the author of The Way a Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity (Red Hen, 2020), Edges & Fray (Wesleyan, 2020) and Between Grammars (Noemi, 2015). Her installations, or "public ceremonies for language," have been most recently exhibited at RISD Museum, MICA, The University of Arizona's Poetry Center, and Abecedarian Gallery. She teaches at Wesleyan University and makes her home in New England with the artist Renee Gladman.
How does language reside in our bodies? In the stunning second volume of her trilogy, Danielle Vogel vivifies the ineffable qualities of language and writing in our bodies. Language has great affective power even at the scale where "all letters are occupied by touch," and these three long poems perform a reparative interrogation whose premise might be situated in her lucid observation that "We hold language and language holds us." Vogel is doing semiotic soulwork here, excavating memory to tell us how we are bound by even the silences between the paragraphs we imprint onto art and the world. After reading this collection, you won't be able to use language without reckoning how it extends your body into a vast network of connection and sound.
--CARMEN GIMÉNEZ SMITH, author of Be Recorder