A Thing Is a Hole in a Thing It Is Not
Copyright © 2018 by Julie Carr
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and Think Tank. Carr is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. With Tim Roberts she is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden in Denver.
The title of today’s poem is from Carl Andre.
In a book rich with formal variety and lyric intensity, Carr takes up economic inequality, gendered violence, losses both personal and national, and the crisis of the body within all of these forces. Real Life is a terrifying book, but one that keeps us close as it moves through the disruptions and eruptions of the real.
“Only a poet can humble us to the gunshot ghost of the America behind its dream. Julie Carr’s resonant genius is at our ears; just look at what’s in your hands now, open it, read it. You will join me in saying, Oh Yes, you have made poetry inseparable from life, thank you for showing us the courage to keep them together. We need this poetry.”