Illusory Borders


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$22.00  $20.46
Operating System
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6.5 X 6.5 X 0.29 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Heidi Reszies is a poet/transdisciplinary artist living in Richmond, Virginia. Her visual ar t is included in the National Museum of Women in the Ar ts CLARA Database of Women Artists. She teaches letterpress printing at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and is the creator/curator of Artifact Press. Her poetry collection titled Illusory Borders is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2019, and now available for pre-order. Her collection titled Of Water & Other Soft Constructions was selected by Samiya Bashir as the winner of the Anhinga Press 2018 Robert Dana Prize for Poetry (forthcoming in 2019). Find her at


"Heidi Reszies's book, Illusory Borders, wanders intriguingly along the edges of what making is: making a world, a garden, a book / making textiles, pictures, poems / making a home, making a way, making a life. In all these permutations of forging, which is to say apprehending, Reszies creates a constellated texture of convergence as the natural world moves through its life cycle, burgeoning and brimming and collapsing, and the interior world moves alongside, filling in the emotional gaps with guesses and glimpses of light. The poems themselves are scattered like seeds over the pages, spacious and spare, annotated with the ideas that exist--invisible but felt--in the in-between. Indeed, the majority of the text falls in what might be called the margins, the periphery, layering a delicate archive of moods throughout the pages, tenderly yielding a place for the smallest, most glimmery shred of hope to bloom like breath against glass that, when finally cleared, gives 'a window inside another window inside.'" - Allison Titus

"With Illusory Borders, Heidi Reszies has created a beautifully crystalline and head-long book--
a head space book--a deliberate constellation of open field stars, footnotes, typewritten scraps,
sequences and gaps, 'a little collapse.' It's an extended meditation on the ways one might (and
here, one does) create a collision between design thinking and the poetic imagination that itself
results in a blending of inner and outer, border and interior, and most especially, writer and
reader. Thus, two things here (or many) become one. Meanwhile, Reszies revels formally in the
book's bookness, its margins and arrangements, the letter forms and pages both empty and full.
Here we see the selecting intelligence, and the natural world's blueprint for it, as mirror images
of each other, not different things at all. These are poems to attend and re-attend, tracking the
notes between the wild bright dots."--Matt Hart