$14.00 • 61 pp. • 2002
This work of poetry is the result of the year that Dawn Michelle Baude spent at the Karnak Temple in Luxor. In 1993-94 she was an associate of the Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs, which allowed her to complete this site-specific work.
Egypt finds its gusto in the poet’s ear for musical combinations of language with, which piece together an outsider’s view of its eponymous land. Words appear in visual schema comparable to the steps pyramids of Saqqara or the partially destroyed papyri of Sappho.
Dawn Michelle Baude’s new collection is not so much a collection as a continuum of three long poems named after three cities: Qurna, Petalli, and Saqqara. The poems operate in space much like documents of antiquity; they are not ‘whole’ in a traditional sense of the word, but rather figure wholeness by their fragmentation.
—Rebecca Weaver for Rain Taxi; Vol. 7 No. 4, Winter 2002/2003 (#28)
Deploying a poetics of field and fragment, Dawn Baude explores the at once fugitive and urgent nature of encounter. An exploratory lyricism investigates the trace and the remnant, the immediate and the undisclosed. The yield is a papyrus (an “egypt”) of tones and microtones, colors and shadings, angles and dissolves for eye and ear.
Dawn Michelle Baude is the author of several volumes of poetry and translations, including her translation of Amin Khan’s Vision of the Returnpublished by The Post-Apollo Press in 2012. She is also the author of, The Beirut Poems (Skanky Possum: Austin, TX, 2001), and Sunday (Signum Editions: Paris, FR, 2002). Her poems have appeared in a range of journals, including recent work in First Intensity, Bridge, and Verse, while her poetry criticism has been featured in journals such as American Book Review and the St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter. In addition to work in poetry, Baude is also the author of a monograph on Swedish artist Curt Asker, reConnaître: Curt Asker (Reunion des Musées Nationaux: Paris, FR, 2001); her essays have appeared in Vogue and Newsweek International. For the last 14 years, she has lived mostly in Europe and the Middle East.