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Strata
     

Strata

by Ewa Chrusciel
 

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Strata is a series of interconnected lyric prose poems that fluctuate between order and chaos like flocks of swallows rearranging themselves in flight. The rhythmic oscillation of the poems builds into a postmodern story that weaves through the life of a poet who’s migrated from Poland to the U.S. The world is magnificently large from any vantage point

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Strata is a series of interconnected lyric prose poems that fluctuate between order and chaos like flocks of swallows rearranging themselves in flight. The rhythmic oscillation of the poems builds into a postmodern story that weaves through the life of a poet who’s migrated from Poland to the U.S. The world is magnificently large from any vantage point and Chrusciel helps us locate something larger than ourselves by constantly holding both the particular of her life and the universe at each moment. With the title, Strata, meaning "loss" in Polish and "accretion" in English, Chrusciel braids, juxtaposes, and synthesizes through repetition, despite a wide range of subjects. Her alchemy includes exquisite details about parents and ancestry, the paradoxes of belonging to two languages, the miracles of existence, the joy and angst of love and belonging, the sorrow and dislocation of Eastern block politics, and a chorus of spiritual incantation and transient revelation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983022602
Publisher:
Emergency Press
Publication date:
03/10/2011
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
0.23(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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Jayson Iwen
Whatever it is — a fractal love story, an epistolary novel, a prose poem sequence, a family memoir, a linguistic meditation, a palimpsest, a lyrical inquiry into the sciences, or a delightful deviance from them all—Strata is a beautifully fraught mediation between the centripetal and centrifugal forces of language, between a language of endless beginnings and a language of endless conclusions. She's walking in a direction I think we should all consider heading, to a place where the reader and the writer are both alert and alive and well—despite the arguments of the past fifty years...and because of the arguments of the past fifty years.--(Jayson Iwen, judge for the Emergency Press 2009 International Book Contest and author of Six Trips in Two Directions and The Momentary Jokebook)

Meet the Author

Ewa Chrusciel won the 2009 Emergency Press International Book Contest for Strata, her first book published in English. Prior to Strata, she released two books in Poland — Furkot and Sopilki. Chrusciel's poems and translations have appeared in many books and magazines in Poland, England, Italy, and the United States, including The Boston Review, The Colorado Review, and Aufgabe. She is a professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.

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