by Sophie Robinson
How do you trace death? What do you make of the useless objects left behind? Conjuring Cage, Stein, and Francesca Woodman, British poet Sophie Robinson documents the detritus of sudden loss. Layering word and image, object and subject, the said with the unsayable, a is, as Caroline Bergvall writes, “[A] work of mourning. Angry, torn, hardly daring to remember”—a textual performance of “love that dares to speak as queer.”
a is published as part of the TrenchArt: Tracer Series, with a Foreword by Caroline Bergvall, an Afterword by Diane Ward, and collaborative visual art by Ken Ehrlich and Susan Simpson. TrenchArt is an annual series of new literature, selected and edited to create a textual conversation between some of the most dynamic and exciting writing today—and tomorrow.