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What information can the body hold--physically, psychically, historically--and how do we translate these encryptions into language? These are Amaranth Borsuk's chief concerns in her debut collection, winner of the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize. "Words so readily betray things they're meant / to represent," she states, the word "betray" capturing both the loss and the discovery that are catalyst to these intricately constructed poems. The book's recurrent image of the hand reinforces the importance of care and craft--see the poems' many brackets and erasures--to Borsuk's interrogation of personal identity and a family narrative partly obscured by the Holocaust. [...] However, it's Borsuk's resolve not to fill the spaces she has delineated, to leave their "little distance distilled" unbridged that, in the end, feels most revelatory.
--Anna Ross (Boston Review, October 2012)

Borsuk manages to do what Stevens does best. She knits the objective and the abstract together in genuinely moving ways.  
--Aaron McCollough, Jacket2 (October, 2013)

About the Author

Amaranth Borsuk is the author of a chapbook, Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), and, with Brad Bouse, the hybrid digital/print artist's book Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, forthcoming). She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, and she is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT.

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