Poetry. In the de-stabilized intersection of fashion, the war on terror, and cultural constructions of the feminine, GAZE explores the resulting tensions in a series of dichotomies central to an increasingly isolate and adversarial condition: Christianity/Islam, ancient/modern, sacred/secular, sexuality/spirituality, feminism/fundamentalism, power/resistance, self/other. RPoetry. In the de-stabilized intersection of fashion, the war on terror, and cultural constructions of the feminine, GAZE explores the resulting tensions in a series of dichotomies central to an increasingly isolate and adversarial condition: Christianity/Islam, ancient/modern, sacred/secular, sexuality/spirituality, feminism/fundamentalism, power/resistance, self/other. Rikki Ducornet says this about these intersections in GAZE: "In these moments the world is given breath, heat, and voice. All at once it approaches, and the beloved's unfettered body is revealed as the antidote to tyranny." What we see and what we fail to see are constantly juxtaposed, exposing a flawed desire to "become." Kate Bernheimer says of GAZE, "'Too beautiful to articulate'--dressed, undressed, terrorized, and entrancing. These unveilings, these poems, how they haunt me. Riding Angela Carter on a poetry-horse, Reed hallucinates language with certain and dissolving rhythm. GAZE at them; go blind inside this mentalist's mind. Marthe Reed is unrelenting, unrelentingly kind."...
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Marthe Reed’s Gaze is an inherent and vital part of what she notes in her book to be “the new pastoral.” The way it un-veils by way of what I would name slow desire. What are the emotional paces of desire (which is every reason to stay)as an action—and further as an activism? Gaze gains slits of perspective by way of the longevity of its looking. I am wooed by the way it holds me to what it perceives. Almost cradling me in conjunction with the bodies, shapes and accoutrement it pursues. These poems are a cupping--are fragments of the embrace. What I am continually delighted and wracked by in Marthe’s work, are the moments that both pull and push at once, as one--which I see as a unifying or a solidarity of the “velvet helms”--places and relations so beautiful and painful that they are worth more than a single or surface glance--they require Gaze.Truly Marthe makes view by way of her “lost calligraphy” (a gesturing by way of ink where dissection and non- desertion can combine). I appreciate the persistence of Marthe’s beautiful and essential work, as it inhabits and keeps us on the junctures just prior to the rational or the decisive. I thank directly, the power of this work.
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very dark fascinating complex book. i enjoyed looking up and learning lots of words specific to arabic culture and clothing and fencing. i liked how it was connecting war with veiling.