Kristen Case’s Temple radiates a sense of enclosure, ceremony, and fastidious economy—the kinds of economy that Thoreau practiced—the kinds that make for wisdom, and that permit clear sight. I appreciate Case’s tone, which prizes locatedness, and which allows space, within hermeticism, for passionate connection.
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Mapping themselves over a tiny town in Maine, the poems in Temple search for the place of the human in the world, the mother in the family, the writer in the mother, the poem in the writer. Through these austere poems, Kristen Case writes about that thing that 'wants words' and to find a place for for that wanting. As Case writes, in these poems, "[it] is called Temple, Maine".
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Dimensions: 180 mm x 120 mm
Cover Rives BFK, printed letterpress by Foxglove Press, Maine
Edition of 130, numbered, of which 50 are jacketed in a map (these 50 now sold out)
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Kristen Case is the author of the critical study American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Chelsea, The Brooklyn Review, Pleiades, Saint Ann’s Review, The Iowa Review, Wave Composition, and Eleven Eleven. She lives in Temple, Maine.
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