The Fastening

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The Fastening

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Author: Julie Doxsee


ISBN: 9781939568496

Date: 30th June, 2022

Publisher: BLACK OCEAN

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The fifth book of poetry by a true poet's poet with a unique mastery of language and experimentation. In Julie Doxsee's The Fastening , the permanent imprints of love, childhood, death, and pleasure are elongated, handled delicately, celebrated, puzzled over, all while underpinned by hauntingly vicious origins. Landscapes in the book shift and jolt, melt into snowman slush or gash the flesh with matter-of-fact craters, thorns, rope burns, and rocks. The poet wants to scrub the sharp peaks with steel wool but recognizes how millions of these violence-borne imprints have ganged up to keep her alive. In The Fastening, bodies are soft sketches that could detonate at the pop of a flashbulb, diffuse into a cloud of vapor, or escape into a small recess with just enough space to breathe.

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