I went to see Matthea Harvey read sometime last year and left with a couple of goodies: a broadside of her poem “How We Learned to Hold Hands” and a book recommendation. At the time, Harvey was obsessed with all things miniature, so it is no surprise she raved about Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum’s novel Madeleine Is Sleeping. This fairytale, running the gambit from charming to violent, is told in what are more or less prose poems. A single chapter ranges from five to five hundred words (approximately). “Scriptor” in its entirety reads,
New paragraph: I know a woman who looks like a viol, Madeleine dictates.”
You’ll want to meet the other characters yourself.
Bio: Erica Wright is the poetry editor at Guernica. Her interview with John Ashbery, “Houses at Night”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/507/houses_at_night_1/, appeared in Guernica’s February 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1315/staff_pick_erica_wright_6/.