Jennifer Harrison

Review Short: Vahni Capildeo’s Seas and Trees and Jennifer Harrison’s Air Variations

Numbers 8 and 10 in the IPSI (International Poetry Studies Institute) limited-edition chapbook series, Vahni Capildeo’s Sea and Trees and Jennifer Harrison’s Air Variations comprise crystalline, eidetic poems that attest to language’s capacity to renew and reinvigorate.

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Re-inscriptions of ‘Aus-lan’

We relate strongly to the way women have, throughout the centuries, found alternative avenues for their voices using different aesthetic forms. Our interest is with words, images, the interplay of verbal and visual languages in art, the role of words as images and the state of ‘silence’ created by cryptic or unintelligible scripts.

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San Gimignano

I saw a girl drinking absinthe— I saw her rural eyes and Florentine hands— an ivy-coated wall behind, cool as a lover. I drank from a fountain in the plaza its marble head sad as a ruined epigram the water …

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