Aubrie Marrin - Incognitum


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Aubrie Marrin - Incognitum

Published in March 2015. Paperback, 8.5x5.5ins, 80pp.
ISBN 9781848613973 [Download a sample PDF from this volume here.]

“What pleasure, what an incredible joy, to enter into this stunning museum, this rich and mesmerizing collection. Marrin’s first book is a requiem, a gorgeous and strange diorama of beauty and sorrow. A true cabinet of curiosities, these poems usher in a seemingly endless list of what’s been lost: Marrin, along with her parade of ghosts of dead counters, explorers, and collectors, chronicles our demise. ‘Come into my diorama,’ Marrin whispers, ‘Everything’s life size. / Everything’s as it should be in the wild.’ Incognitum is an extended fever, an archive, a getting-it-all-down-before the world is gone.” —Cynthia Cruz

Incognitum inhabits several worlds at once—from the subterranean past, to the surface of our present condition—and affirms with a dexterous line poetry’s ability to synthesize a limitless breadth of information. I’m fascinated by how disparate elements appear in tandem throughout Incognitum, suspended in place by the sound-waves of Aubrie Marrin’s charged-up language.” —Joseph Massey
“A stratigraphic catalog of catastrophe, Incognitum  takes refuge in a 19th-century naturalist’s clinical rel-ationship to nature, where order and classification palliate our global, systemic approach to the taking out of nature all together. The violence of taxidermy, bone-dusting, the pinning of wings begins to feel like the tenderest love as things are caught and held in a seeming sort of life, while ‘the great pupa / of loss // stirs in its jar.’ Fossils and fresh asphalt accrue in Marrin’s racked notebook that tries to create a scale for large-scale destruction...” —Kate Colby

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