Fates: The Medea Notebooks; Starfish Wash-Up; And Overflow of an Unknown Self

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About the Author
Ann Pedone is the author of the chapbooks The Bird Happened (Leave Books), perhaps there is a sky we don't know: a re-imagining of sappho. (Cup and Dagger Press), DREAM/WORK, and Everywhere You Put Your Mouth (Halas Press.) Her work has appeared in numerous journals including American Journal of Poetry, Narrative Magazine, Juked, Carve Magazine, Abralemin, JuxtaProse, and Menacing Hedge. Ann has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Bard College, and a Master's in Chinese Language and Literature from UC Berkeley.

Katherine Soniat's life has moved around a lot in the last few years: trying hard to find the RIGHT HOME, and why not be most concerned about our planet EARTH? Starfish Washup will be her ninth collection of poetry, to be published in Spring, 2023. The Swing Girl (LSU Press, 2011), Bright Stranger (LSU Press). Polishing the Glass Storm will be available through Louisiana State University Press in fall, 2022. The Goodbye Animals won the Turtle Island Chapbook Award (2014). She has been on the faculty at Hollins University and Virginia Tech, and has taught in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC/Asheville. Her poetry has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Poetry, Iowa Review, The Nation, Women's Review of Books, and Superstition Review, among others.

D. M. Spitzer is author of A Heaven Wrought of Iron: Poems from the Odyssey (Etruscan 2016), abyss of departures, an imagetext collaboration with digital artist SaraShiva Spitzer (Hawai'i Review, 2020), and editor of the volume Philosophy's Treason: Studies in Philosophy and Translation (Vernon Press, 2020). Spitzer's work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Research in Phenomenology, Epoché, Diacritics, Ancient Philosophy, Mosaic, and Translation Review, while his poetry and translations have been published in Ancient Exchanges, The Maine Review, North American Review, TRANSverse, and elsewhere. Currently, Dr. Spitzer is co-editing a volume in Translation Studies and editing another collection of essays on ancient Greek philosophy (both under contract with Routledge). In addition, Spitzer is writing a book on the ways migration and trauma shaped the thinking of the earliest Greek philosophers, as well as working on a translation of only the similes from the ancient Greek epic The Iliad.

Like any three foils -- Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras; Sethe, Denver, and Beloved -- Ann Pedone's The Medea Notebooks, Katherine Soniat's Starfish Wash-Up, and D. M. Spitzer's overflow of an unknown self: a song of songs each appears more clearly as itself in the dramatic tension created by its connection with the other two. Not only because they share such features as telling the poet's own story in and as a shared story, but also because they share the quality that, characterizing genius, Marina Tsvetaeva called "the highest degree of subjection to the visitation" The Medea Notebooks, Starfish Wash-Up, and overflow of an unknown self are visitations, subjection to which any reader will experience as gift and illumination. --H. L. Hix, DemonstrategyThese three poetic sequences render the experience of overpowering human emotion--rage, longing, sexual desire--in combat or in consonance with forces beyond reason. Each work shatters the vessel of a classical story and rearranges its shards into forms suited to our age. Ann Pedone's The Medea Notebooks alternates confession, reportage and text messages. Katherine Soniat's Starfish Wash-Up traces the search for the lost parent in language shimmering between the lyric and the mystical. D.M. Spitzer's overflow of an unknown self: a song of songs, wields overlapping syntactical constructions and ambiguities of gender and identity to articulate desire breaching all boundaries. --Gyorgyi Voros, Notations of the Wild: Ecology in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens