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. . . (In Exion)

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can walk without
a frame, he
whose exions last
and saw into
limbs livid still
the sum, comic,
dome-hosting wall shop
captivating everything in
a proleptic sale
while sand-horse negotiates
his clop versus
some floor one
erected in ardor
prostrate again and
happy penultimate slough-opening
as the news
that distracts from
spectral sass, downing
darkling you weren’t
personal last Saturday
as ponies cyclical
laced the public
grasses compulsorily before
our bower got
scanned despite a
standup’s lawnly heath
and harebells having
become grammar’s shortage
on the stage
hussing up to
a cardboard cloud
passed limb from
limb without its


Jennifer Scappettone, “. . . (In Exion)” from From Dame Quickly. Copyright © 2009 by Jennifer Scappettone. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.
Source: From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009)
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. . . (In Exion)

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  • An artist, translator, and teacher, Scappettone was born and raised in New York. The recipient of a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, she has lived in Italy, Virginia, Japan, California, and Chicago. Her collections of poetry are the chapbooks Err-Residence (2007), Beauty (Is the New Absurdity) (2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (2008), translated into Italian with Marco Giovenale, as well as the book-length From Dame Quickly (2009) and Exit 43 (forthcoming, 2016).

    In her project “Neosuprematist Webtexts” (2008–2009), Scappettone combined filmed stills and fragments of text; selections of the work were included in a show curated by the visual poet Helen White at festivals in Brussels and Ghent. Collagelike practices infuse Scappettone’s From Dame Quickly, which poet Charles Bernstein described as “translation, collage, prose poem, lyric invention, periodic convolute, imploded syntax and discursive veers.”

    Scappettone’s poetry has appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2004, The City Visible:...

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