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Series out of Sequence: poetics in American girlspeak.

Byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Series out of Sequence

Author: Carrie Hunter

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 24

“Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
In the borders of our lives.”
- from The Dangling Conversation by Simon and Garfunkel

Series out of Sequence is an experimental art nouveau Chapbook by Carrie Hunter and above/ground press. Carrie Hunter lives and works in San Francisco, California. She has an MA in Poetics, is the Poetry Editor at ypolita press, and is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books. She has published 10 Chapbooks and two full collections, The Incompossible (Black Radish Books, 2011) and Orphan Machines (Black Radish Books, 2015).

This Writer experiences this Chapbook as a new form in poetics, the style is full sentences in random order, like cross talk or "broken telephone", there seems to be a hidden interloculator, a broken dialogue not unlike Escher black ink drawings. The result is a manifestation of disconnected, it is as if the Reader is experiencing a series of one sentence conversations, as the disconnected parts of a whole create allusions in violence. Sometimes an incredible dark humour appears in incongruities.


The best liars always tell the truth.

Massages make me tense.

Sorry I can’t stay with you while you go through all of this.

I just want a man who will wear dresses and not argue with me.

Don’t send strange men to my apartment with power tools.

He is your first love, and I intend to be your last.

He’s trying to believe the world.

Multilingual poetics of unkown languages.

Violence is not my métier.

I imagine an amateur is no asset.

I look out the window and all I see are other roofs.

I’m trying to see the stoplight, but there is a building in the way.

Call me when it’s over.

If you cannot be honest with yourself, how can you get the truth out of anyone else?”

The work is enigmatic and brave, American girlspeak, hoping for new mythologies. The poetry seems to live inside protest, a new perspective on old themes from someone born in Generation X. I have read other poetry by this emerging writer and been struck by the brilliance of a New Age poetic talent. The poetics of Series out of Sequence remind me of the work of Canadian Poet Lary Timewell, for the splashes of humor in unexpected places.

Perhaps this is a rare Mercredi offering, a more flush construction, a new form, awaiting public accord, to become in time. Looking for more work from this exciting new Poet, Series out of Sequence by Carrie Hunter.

Available @ above/ground press.

Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

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