Mouth to Mouth
(EOAGH Books, 2016)
Winner, Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry
Mouth to Mouth (a “lurid lyric machine”) overflows with wit and lusciousness. “Spangled/ massy/ primped/ saturated” and drunk with alliteration, these athletic poems both resuscitate and kiss language, “loosening what is sfumato/ and indocile.” “Flamboyant and immense,” they loll about and caper in “a/dull or/ mobile sparkling/verveine sky” — a dazzling field of love in verse and verse in love with its own copious potentialities. "
Abigail trades in opposites and identities, formulations in crisis down to up, left to right. The direct and the elliptical shove each other out of the way berserk with élan and éclat impetuous but you can jump around
You can’t help it.
…loving the uncertainty of knowing everything and all of it false
This is a disaster or I mean is it?
No, it’s units—materials—segments
This dark echo remix is “Advertising nothing,” instructing you to “wear what you download” while unveiling the “veined permeable ecstatic suck.” Child invents a ripeness to seduce your decodings.
Review of Mouth to Mouth by Charles Borkhuis, in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Oct/Nov 2017 Issue #252 (Page 29)
“29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Announced”, Lambda Literary, June 13, 2017
Is This What You Were Born For?
Stratégies d'appropriation et collage audio-visuel.
Published in both French and English by MetisPresses
as part of their PLANSécant collection, the book
focuses on (and takes its title from) Child's signature
series of films, IS THIS WHAT YOU WERE BORN FOR?,
bringing together five essays examining different
aspects of the BORN FOR series, an interview with
Abigail Child, and transcriptions of her texts/poems,
which form the soundtracks of the BORN FOR films.
—ed. François Bovier with critical essays by
Tom Gunning, Melissa Ragona, Redell Olsen, and
This is Called Moving:
A Critical Poetics of Film
(University of Alabama Press, 2005)
"An excellent and distinctive addition to the MCP series. . .
This book focuses a highly articulate poetic intelligence on a
range of topics relevant to film studies and literary writing,
and at the same time presents a portfolio of interviews and
discussion and script material that charts the trajectory of a
significant contemporary experimental filmmaker."
—Bruce Andrews, author of Paradise and Method: Poetry and Praxis
Read most recent reviews of This is Called Moving.
Read more about the book.
Read the introduction by Tom Gunning.
(Belladonna Press, 2001)
A two volume chapbook containing nine parts of a long poem: a portrait of Russia after the break-up of the USSR.
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