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“Time poured off into a glass. The juice poured and I wrote it down, to be wild but seen as ordered.”

How does one stay alive? This book asks the impossible question of how one maintains a separation between past and present, memory from self, and inheritance from present body. As objects and gestures from various chronologies collapse and conflate, as in dreams, one might
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Civil Coping Mechanisms

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Elizabeth Jean
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whatever the opposite of "brutal honesty" is, (humane honesty, compassionate honesty, merciful honesty?)...this is a book that seems to do the impossible--unwind a trauma narrative without re-inscribing brutality. I felt as close to being a witness as I've ever felt before in the act of reading. ...more
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This book is amazing. Definitely challenging, it’s wondrous to follow along and just try to keep up. Everything moves and is so fluid and new. Beautiful.
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Ella is a writer, musician, and DJ who lives in Denver, CO. She is the author of How to Keep You Alive (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press 2017), as well as three chapbooks of image + poetry + essay. She is currently earning her PhD at DU and has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. author site: http://ellalongpre.tumblr.com/ | twitter: @symbolstatus ...more

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