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herso is a limited edition chapbook by Susana Gardner. Complex, layered lyrics in a large photographic folder evoke both the archival nature of Gardner's poetry and the unbound sea thematically resonating in herso. Typeset by Susana Gardner; designed, published and distributed by Nicole Mauro and The University of Theory and Memorabilia press for year 3 of the Dusie chapbo ...more
Paper and Photographic Cardboard , 38 pages
Published March 28th 2009 by University of Theory and Memorabilia
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Grady
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Written Word as Visual Art

herso

Susana Gardner has created a poetic work in herso
that steps beyond being fine poetry and successfully
becomes something entirely different. The presentation of this
work feels as important as the poetry within: a matte black
folder, secured with a maroon grosgrain ribbon is subtly titled
on the back of the folder above a wax stamp imprint of the
Dusie Press that produced the work. Opening the folder
creates the feeling of entering a private quasi-locke
...more
Marthe Reed
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Herso by Susana Gardner

A Dusie chapbook from Nicole Mauro’s University of Theory and Memorabilia Press


A singular beauty, this chapbook: black portfolio opening right to left, held closed by a single wide band of maroon gros-grain ribbon, the title page stamped in rose wax with Dusie’s D, the chap's loose pages of cream bond like a sheaf of music waiting the bow.

Gardner’s lines both break and hold together, suspended by dashes, breath, the fact of pausing, creating a collection “built in anticipa
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Kathrin Schaeppi
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tied with a wine ribbon, stamped with a wax seal, in a black folder lies Herso unbound, unnumbered, on water-marked vanillin sheets. Herso: an heirship in waves.

Here the visual, oratory and conceptual experiences balance. Poems are exquisitely presented on the page, the mouth is awash with rhythmic chorals and the mind enchanted with images.

" 'eh eh eh' — tiny bird — provok-
ing — rara avis — established the need
to memorize this moment — her face..."

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"by the sea on...
nested sea on...
nets her se
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Matthew
The "new I" is "her" or "her(o)," on "everturning" an emergence of perceptions smacking with each phrase on new angles and interjections. The book moves through sections of wildly differing formal investigations, sometimes narrative, as clear as "Seeing past her own fucking mess in the kitchen," and sometimes mad explosions of vispo. Each section offers a (re)transformation of self- and outward recognition, while repeatedly starting over and learning the unmade self anew. Each act in this book p ...more
Arielle
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dusie-kollektiv
This is one of the most beautiful, simple-complex works I have read. Nicole Mauro did a lovely job - the design is classy and elegant, and opening up the folder into the old-style sheets of paper, without even reading a word, I could feel the energy of the language. It fires at you, with immediacy and delicacy, and stays with you, bringing slowly, over time, after you read it, various layers. The emotion in Gardner's work is coming upon itself. You become involved, as if reading a novel, with th ...more
Rodney
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
It’s a pleasure to watch Susana Gardner stretch the language out to its full wingspan, displaying the gendered presumptions that give it flight. Her writing lines up “our turmoils in filched onus rows,” then ships them out via “Rouged Ifs” and charged “stutterance” toward “a restless and scattered hopeful.” Herso is my her(o): froward, many-minded, multi-tongued.
Carrie
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I like how this book starts out very linear and straightforward, and then slowly becomes more and more unreadable or at least very difficult. Kind of like my life.
Dusie Press
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I give it a 5 for all of the work Nicole Mauro has given it in publishing it in tandem with Dusie Kollektiv & her press University of Theory and Memorabilia

with the collaboration and kollektivity yr 3 has for me been the most amazing experience thus far!
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