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Poetry. Photography. Titled after pirate Jean Lafitte's name for Galveston Island, CAMPECHE is a cautionary lyric composed of poems and photographs in which a real place is overlaid with the parable of a mythical world on the verge of an apocalyptic flood. Like the body fishermen of the Yellow River, this book combs water for remains and meditates on evidence, while ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Noemi Press
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Part Ars Memoria, part semiotic inscription on the trunk of a now-virtual, ecocatastropic tree ("Now the horizon/ destroys itself as I replicate a fist again and/ again and again in the palm of my hand"), the speaker of Campeche both rejects and is vexed by lyrical recursivity (shadow boxing with or forced to project an imagined other, in a space devoid of futurity). From "Exterior": "All streets lead to this one,/ where everybody wants to be or least/ wants to have been . . . " Campeche solves ...more