Personal & Generic
Personal & Generic is a collection of micropoems embroidered into needlepoint hoops.
"There's nothing at all printed in the guts of this book—the pages offer pictures of needlepoint works, each containing deracinated fragments of poems, stitched into hoops of various shapes and sizes. These are luminary moments, then, in lines like "stay as if / you were my nerves"—often funny, as in "I want to / feel neutral / like an / expired coupon"—and always intimate: "we dissolve / through and into / everybody else / and wait shaking at / the other end of / the light." Frozen in thread, though, these moments become more unsettling than they would have been in a some serif or san serif font. We become aware of the effort of stitching each line and angle of each letter—we're aware of the slowness."
AUTHOR OF ORGANIZING ISOLATION