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Announcing the publication of Unseen Avenue by Argotist Ebooks, May 2016. Available here for viewing and free download.

“In her wildly inventive Unseen Avenue, Rosemary Starace has achieved that which might seem nearly impossible—making the experience of reading a digital text seem tactile and intimate. Exploring the creative process through a re-imagining of Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way,’ Starace has threaded a lantern on a rope down into the places that only this peculiar combination of mediums can reach. You feel as if you’re standing in front of a canvas, or alone in a room with a book made of real paper you can feel in your hands: grooves, edges and all. With humor, intelligence and evident pleasure, she has made a work that cannily requires intense engagement and allows moments of cool remove in turn. My own favorite passage:
it’s best to just admit / that / daily / abandoning / “I can’t be / “I can’t pursue / “I can’t / This form of grandiosity / Who can concentrate on / love / with this / worrying
I will read this beautiful book over and over again.”
–Carolyn Guinzio, author of Spine


Taking part in the panel, A Language for the Unknown, at the 2016 Massachusetts Poetry Festival with Ellen Goldstein (moderator) and Heather Hughes. May 1, 1 pm, Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA.

Panel description: Careful observation, precise language, and a fascination with what poet and science writer Alison Hawthorne Deming calls “the unknown” are some of the commonalities between poetry and science. This panel examines the ways in which the two disciplines inform and inspire each other. How can astronomy, geology, or biology illuminate a relationship or expose human truth in poetry? How does a fact become a metaphor when it crosses the science/poetry border? How do curiosity and imagination play out in both arenas? Using their own poetry as well as examples from other poets and scientists, Heather Hughes, Rosemary Starace, and Ellen Goldstein discuss how science figures in their search for poetic meaning and “the unknown.”

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