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Anne Carson wrote, “contact is crisis.” How much more so when intimacy is formed in and through violence, when the desired one is already lost, loves you but “not enough.” The narrative of Sarah Marcus’s BACKCOUNTRY, of addiction and suffering set against a backdrop of American wilderness, will be familiar to any of us who have ever loved someone we shouldn’t. The story is ...more
Paperback, 29 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Finishing Line Press
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two words: sparse and expanse. poems should flower, right? they were poems. they eluded novelty. but were somehow, held apart, or maybe aloft. no language is simple, so I'll say, the language was correct. pain, yeah. but these poems get it into the pill.
Sarah Marcus is the author of They Were Bears (2017, Sundress Publications), Nothing Good Ever Happens After Midnight (2016, GTK Press), and the chapbooks BACKCOUNTRY (2013) and Every Bird, To You (2013). Her other work can be found at NPR’s Prosody, The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, Spork, The Establishment, Cosmopolitan.com, and Marie Claire.com SA, among others. She is an edito ...more
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