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Publication date: Dec 1, 2014
Sarah Mangold’s impeccably titled Electrical Theories of Femininity is a book full of kinetic meditations on language, voice and its varied prostheses, and the evolution of evolution of evolutions. Right from the book’s start, Mangold reminds us that “to attend to color then is a part to attend to the limbs of language,” connecting the reader back to the physicality of words, the interior monologue that echoes in tandem with modifiers. Just as Barbara Guest’s poetry invites readers into a visual world where “I am listening for the sound of the fall/of colors” (“The Location of Things”), Mangold also takes her painterly penstroke and finds “there is constant action and the action is in us.” These poems are all action, all current, all magnetic field atomic excitement—they take on the “talking machine” and “consider the real act of moving.” Mangold truly does introduce a new genre of theory—that which is electrical in its consideration of gender and language (“if the hero is a girl”), that demands a space for the female pronoun in this age of machines (“The name of this heroine is mass energy”). Electrical Theories of Femininity is a lyric radical dictionary how-to guide contemporary necessity that cloaks the reader in “potential bodies activated,” a moving beyond device scapegoat to “fired up conversation.” Everyone needs to read this book! erica kaufman, author of Instant Classic
Publication date: Feb 15, 2015
A Game of Correspondence by Valerie Witte
Publication date: April 1, 2015