In hart island, the poet narrator walks and works in the East Village of Manhattan navigating the day to day needs and desires of a community, an organization, a changing neighborhood, as well as her own. The poem, which begins after she discovers the existence of an appropriated, politically walled-off potter’s field/prison, proposes that others are not figurative or metaphorical, but are literal, material—that alterity can be both a limit and radiance.
Praise for Stacy Szymaszek:
“Each poem is what I am looking for: a resonance with a particular location, an intelligence unafraid of its humanity, a sort of desperate adequacy with the people or objects that Szymaszek encounters.”—Etel Adnan
STACY SZYMASZEK is the author of Emptied of All Ships, Hyperglossia, and several chapbooks. She has worked at Woodland Pattern Book Center and is currently the director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City.