Hurtado, Amanda Lovisa
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POST is a book of poems in three sections that explore many different spatial and temporal aspects of the post especially as they relate to borders and boundaries that mark openings onto landscape and into the earth—from clearings to clear-cuts, caves to mines, and low-tides to rising rivers. The poems are composed of cascading fragmentary language and concrete or minimal poems that create a landscape of fixity and flow through text. Among its many themes, the poems weaves together absence and presence, nothingness and form, wilderness and settlement, fixity and fluidity, possession and deterritorialization, protection and exposure, and, the occult and science. In assembling this tapestry, the text asserts space for the feminine and feminist by unraveling and mending binary structures. Juxtaposing the nature and artifice of the processes by which such openings are made, it writes through and alongside a variety of source texts including Zola’s Germinal, Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and Ovid's Metamorphoses, among others. Mining these texts, and filling their gaps, it extends their metaphors of pleasure and pain from the landscape to the female body.