Farmer, Antagonist

by Robyn Art

Winner of the 2015 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Chosen by Jennifer L. Knox.

“The poems in Farmer, Antagonist move in two ways simultaneously:

  1. Forward via astonishing leaps in syntax, then organization, then logic
  2. Backward in phrases that echo historically and culturally but have been deftly subverted by the poet

That ain’t easy! If her poems were sculpture, they would be a familiar shape made out of something unexpected. A gun made out of twigs. A toothbrush made out of worms. She bends the words to her will. I marvel at their final shapes.”

—Jennifer L. Knox

Robyn Art is the author of The Stunt Double in Winter (Dusie, 2007). Her other chapbooks include Vestigial Portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Scenes from the Body, both from Dancing Girl Press, as well as Secret Lives of Blow-Up Dolls (Dusie Kollektiv). Recent work appears in Word for/ Word, The Illanot Review, Coconut, Bone Bouquet, and La Petite Zine.




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