Darn Lori Anderson Moseman


Lori Anderson Moseman

Darn Lori Anderson MosemanDarn shifts form in extraordinary ways like the unpredictable stitching of dragonflies in air. Here mending calls forth the torn or in turn tears holes in surface narrative. Bios is written as multidimensional fabric –– the woof/warp of time/space. Visual images, cross-stitched lines, enact the gears and wheels of DNA which is not only personal but courses through history and current news to counter-spin evolution, to unravel Manifest Destiny, “to unwalk the West / to damn Bierstadt’s flaming emigrant sky.”

Here also Anderson Moseman re-invents “the oscillating frame (1953)” between text and image as a kinetic-poetic that fully embodies its activism: “if we mend the hole in the ozone/ not/ with a robot/ handheld remote/ but the low tones from our throats.” This work meets despair with repair, there is nothing easy about it except the joy of meeting its “keener listening.” – Meredith Stricker

Darn is 109 pages. Year 2021.


Lori Anderson Moseman’s poetry collections include Y (The Operating System, 2019), Light Each Pause (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), Flash Mob (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), All Steel (Film Forum Press, 2012), Temporary Bunk (Swank Books, 2009), Persona (Swank Books, 2003), and Cultivating Excess (The Eighth Mountain Press, 1992). Her collaboration with book artist Karen Pava Randall, Full Quiver, is available from Propolis Press. She has a Doctor of Arts in Writing, Teaching and Criticism from the University at Albany as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Iowa, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A former educator, she ran the press Stockport Flats from 2006-2016.


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Rob Mclennan reviews Lori Anderson Moseman's DARN at his blog.