Meredith Clark & Danielle Vogel
This afternoon’s paired reading brings us two writers that work in experimental prose forms, each with new books. Meredith Clark, who has been known here in Seattle for her readings and also being active in the Seattle literary community, is helping launch her taut, moving, lyrical memoir, Lyrebird (Platypus Press), which is also her book debut. With her will be Danielle Vogel, based in New England, a visual artist as well as poet and lyrical essayist. Her new book is The Way a Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity (Red Hen Press).
“[Lyrebird] slowly circles its heartbreak through understatement, poetic revelation, imagistic accord. It admits to its shortcomings gracefully, knows there is no way to write what cannot be undone.”— Jenny Boully.
“Loose with ghosts, absences, light, shadow, memory, time, and dreamwork, [Lyrebird’s] moving song is perforated with echoes and shards of our beautiful earth, our lost secrets, and the things for which we long and of which we let go. — Jennifer S. Cheng.
“How does language reside in our bodies? In the stunning second volume of her trilogy, Danielle Vogel vivifies the ineffable qualities of language and writing in our bodies. … Vogel is doing semiotic soulwork here, excavating memory to tell us how we are bound by even the silences between the paragraphs we imprint onto art and the world. After reading this collection, you won’t be able to use language without reckoning how it extends your body into a vast network of connection and sound.—Carmen Gimenez Smith.