“I always feel more respectful of the world when I’ve been reading this poet.”—Laura MullenOrange is concerned with space-making. Orange contains declarations (“Poets are containers. Containers deserve respect”) and language-situations, including the hire of a professional lover to address money issues. Reading Orange might impact the way you experience words such as ‘fridge’, ‘fear‘, ‘toast’, and ‘handwash’. If Orange had a texture it would be soft. If you believe that feelings smell, Orange might be for you. Sometimes a color can hold a space that is otherwise shadowed/obscured/unknowable.ABOUT THE AUTHORChristine Herzer is an artist, poet and teacher. Working across mediums (drawing, text, language-objects, installation, video, workshop), her practice employs accumulation and gestures of 'over-layering', 'covering up', 'erasing', 'interrupting/disrupting' and 'complicating', in order to address and process questions of invisibility + meaning (= love). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals and online publications, including Fence, The Offending Adam, The Volta, Blackbox Manifold, RealPoetik, Seymour Magazine, and 3:AM Magazine. She has taught Creative Writing in India at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune, and The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Herzer is the 2018 Laureate 'Ecritures' of a writing residency at La Cité des Arts, Paris, where she will be using her ongoing series of '‘Written Drawings" as a living archive from which to direct her investigations into such questions as: What is the role of repetition in the creative process? How to show caring/devotion for words, as well as their meanings (emotional centers) and [ab]uses?
Chapbook staple-bound. 24 pp, 7 x 9 in. Publication Date: July 1, 2018 Distribution: Direct onlyADVANCE PRAISE
Inviting us to live, in Orange, in the “crisis of desire,” where our actions and feelings startle us, where words cross boundaries to become our own while remaining strange, Christine Herzer suggests the possibility of showing compassion to fear, facing shame, and considering the costs of being perceived as deserving,for instance. What is the price of being provided for? What does a particular color mean? What do you remember? The encounter with Herzer’s willingness to upend the usual social sexual arrangements in favor of large, lyric and gorgeously posed questions gives experience a new intensity and depth: I always feel more respectful of the world when I’ve been reading this poet—I take less for granted, I realize (again) I am (only) a guest here. “Belonging is a matter of light,” writes Herzer—what I love about this work is the fierce, open and constantly reaffirmed willingness to go on in the dark, solitary, true to the interest in and difficulties of “space-making,” at once wildly imaginative and bravely honest.—LAURA MULLEN
The wandering narrator of Christine Herzer's Orange is a "light detective" who rejects, reclaims and rewrites her own narrative [including her mother] in the space of poetry. Orange is a book about resisting female narratives, from maternity to dependency. Herzer's revisioned narrative pursues knowledge as light, as freedom, and, most importantly, as resistance to darkness and servitude. I was entranced by this book about a crisis of desire and the relentless pursuit of art.—SUZANNE SCANLON