Oil Spell (Paperback)
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Oil Spell gathers many of today’s dark energies—US drone strikes, environmental disaster—and asks: what kind of tool is poetry to mirror these violences? Oil Spell animates diverse influences—Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals, environmental reports of extinction and endangerment, and the Pakistani government assessments of drone strikes. Oil Spell performs the ways in which narratives of loss and narratives of everyday joy curl into one another and mutually contaminate. The beauty that results is a troubled reflection, like a rainbow in a slick of oil.
About the Author
Claire Marie Stancek is also the author of MOUTHS (2017). With Daniel Benjamin, she co-edited Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry (2016). With Lyn Hejinian and Jane Gregory, she edits Nion Editions. She is currently completing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches classes on literature and creative writing. Originally from outside Toronto, Ontario, she now lives in Berkeley, California.