Arco Iris

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In her latest collection, Arco Iris, Sarah Vap explores race, tourism, market, history, intimacy, and the vulnerability of lives beneath the stamp of longstanding powers. Whiteness is considered through the action of travel in South America where white bodies disappear, or are invisible, or attempt to become irrelevant, or are impossible to destroy. These hallucinatory poems explore the subtle violence beneath the commonplace in a foreign land, a violence which underscores the naivet? of the traveler. As she ...
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Overview

In her latest collection, Arco Iris, Sarah Vap explores race, tourism, market, history, intimacy, and the vulnerability of lives beneath the stamp of longstanding powers. Whiteness is considered through the action of travel in South America where white bodies disappear, or are invisible, or attempt to become irrelevant, or are impossible to destroy. These hallucinatory poems explore the subtle violence beneath the commonplace in a foreign land, a violence which underscores the naiveté of the traveler. As she writes in the haunting poem, “Trace”: The white and gold // fairy dust left of some spent bomb / settles // to the eyes of three children cuddling / in their hammock, belly-level of our boat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983368649
  • Publisher: Saturnalia Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH VAP is the author of Dummy Fire, winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Forrest Gander. Her second collection, American Spikenard, was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2006. Her most recent collection is Faulkner’s Rosary, published by Saturnalia Books in 2010. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, and lives in Santa Monica.
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Table of Contents

Ghost
Travel
Heave
Ghost
Rider
Ghost
And over her spinning rainbow
Travel
Zipaquira Salt Mine
Travel
Travel
South
To Quito
History
Market
Currency
Thread
Currency
Traces of Eva’s potato song
Train, Cuzco-Puno
Travel
Train, Cuzco-Puno
Time Travel
The riverboat
Currency
Market
As if we are hemispheres folding onto each other
Institution, Travel
Travel
Firmament
Market
Andes
Hypermarket
Hypermarket
Pale
Covenant
Market
Sphinx
Learning history
Meridian
Excelling Violet
Excelling Violet
Firmament
Spring--
Iris
Rustling, so beautifully?
Galactic roses
Hammer buried in white mud, bank of the Orinoco
Economy
The coca leaf fortune-teller
The coca leaf fortune-teller
Do you want to say anything here.
Oliviera
Floating turd next to the dead floating snake
Ghost
Thread
What we think when we travel this river
Firmament
What we think when we travel this river
Sunset, Tayrona
The seven directions
Night, Tayrona
The coca leaf fortune-teller
Star-shaped hubcaps across Medelin
Iris, starless
Or to say--
Iris
Ghost
Ruins
Suspension
Ghost
The coca leaf fortune-teller
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