Genevieve Kaplan’s In the ice house offers an innovative meditation on domestic life and the physical world that surrounds it, chronicling “at least the beginnings of some disaster” taking place in a landscape that “had no symmetry.” Deftly channeling poets like Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery, as well as invoking Kaplan’s own distinct poetic sensibility, these poems reveal an atmospheric and wondrous world filled with odd and compelling images. Readers confront the menace of the ordinary, “the whale-faced spout of the drainpipe, the cluck / of the chicken-bird” and how “the light attacks / the window and the stress of the shining / does not ease.” The poet’s insistent evocation of elemental imagesthe birds, the ice, the waterbecomes almost incantatory, as the speaker seeks escape from “the frantic outside” she’s trapped within. Kaplan’s sky “has the depth / of an ocean,” and this book deeply articulates how “silence is the only word that can replace loss.” Moving artfully between internal desires and incisive observations of the external, these stunning poems radiate with both heat and ice.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Genevieve Kaplan is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She currently lives in Southern California where she is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Her poems often reflect on domestic scenes, as well as look outward to consider the natural world of California with a discerning eye, while her critical work builds on her experience with book arts and visual media, examining the state of the book through its production and presentation, with attention toward how this relates to trends in contemporary poetry.
The founding editor of the Toad Press International Chapbook Series, which publishes literary translations, she’s also working on Gold Line Press, a perfect-bound chapbook series, with her fellow graduate students at USC, and was co-editor of an anthology, The Loudest Voice: Volume 1. Her poems and essays have been published in numerous journals, including Jubilat, Gulf Coast, Jacket, Copper Nickel, Fence, and Northwest Review. Winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s To the Lighthouse Publication Prize, In the ice house is her first book of poetry.
Read an Excerpt
Granted, the flowers will take hold,
what is yet rising will ease somehow. From here,
the light attacks
the window and the stress of the shining
does not ease.
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