Ailish Hopper (Author)
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DescriptionPoetry. "'Not // I Have a dream // A cold, cold feeling' closes Hopper's 'The Good Caucasian;'...these unsettling poems trace Hopper's struggle to make sense of terrible legacies, from racial violence in the name of white female bodies to a father's terminal illness as a site of private and public histories. Hopper's lines halt, knot, interdigitate, and stutter, but they never flinch. She leaves that to the reader. What she doesn't offer us are easy epiphanies, a bid for being a good caucasian, or post-race snake oil. This is difficult work for a time when 'any touch / will bruise.' DARK SKY SOCIETY insists we reach and be reached anyway." Douglas Kearney"
New Issues Poetry & Prose
September 01, 2014
5.9 X 0.4 X 8.4 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
AILISH HOPPER is the author of Dark Sky Society (New Issues), selected by David St. John, and the chapbook, Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts), selected by Jean Valentine. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Tidal Basin Review, as well as many others. She has received support from the Maryland State Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and teaches at Goucher College, in Baltimore.
"We are fragmented--we fragment ourselves--move through time as one fragment then another and an other and so on--we fragment history--and poems are their own fragments--of existence and/or the poet and/or language that the poet wrangles with some relationship to a fragment of existence. Rarely are these fragments actually clean-cut, nameable, identifiable. People are messy, poems are hacked up and hacked out pieces of us or what we try to name. Ailish Hopper's Dark Sky Society is a sturdy showing of this fragmentation. Nearly every poem possesses a scissored syntax and form, its progression chopped into moments of clarity that blur over and through one another; and by the end of the book, a wholeness seems identifiable, but the fragmentary nature of it obscures certainty."--Wesley Rothman "American Microreviews and Interviews" (1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)