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Staff Pick: Erica Wright

October 5, 2009


erica_wright-small.jpg 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,

“Charlotte pauses in mid-flourish. Are you going to tell them about me?

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”:https://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/507/houses_at_night_1/, appeared in Guernica’s February 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation “here”:https://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1315/staff_pick_erica_wright_6/.

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