Tell us about Fortress. Describe its architecture.
Fortress is my newest book, which was just released by Sundress Publications. It’s a book-length engagement with Elaine Scarry’s classic work, The Body in Pain. Fortress begins with an erasure/excavation/rewriting of the first chapter, in which I erase pain from the book. What’s left? The small blue thread, the fragile arc, and faint music.
The collection also contains several prose sequences, which engage with the work Romantic poets who experimented with opium. These “painkiller poems” depict a landscape filled with dead poppies, and consider what it would look like if seen through the eyes of a female speaker. Underneath all of the dead flowers and burned meadows, though, Fortress is really a love poem.
There are also housefires, red lilies, and a spooky house. I hope you’ll check it out!