High-stakes writing that imagines an outside to empire while trapped inside its blinding glow. Attending to the connections between subjecthood and state terror, the text continually circles back on itself as if to put theories of fugitivity into practice via poetic form. (What the hell is form? is among the questions the collection ponders.) A riotous book that refuses available representational paradigms, never content to accept the conditions of appearance that colonizers take as the given reality.— From Alex's Picks
Poetry. California Interest. Women's Studies. Art. Film. Written from inside its own formal conundrum, SUN CYCLE deals with representation, value, power, gender and the aesthetic. Influenced by 80's film theory updated for 24-hour access screen time, it is obsessed with images and is named for the star that makes vision possible. These poems shift deftly from treatise to entreaty, casting form and finance as corollary particulates in the air surrounding art-making. Selcer's work creates a complicated critique of appearance and visuality, claiming: You are carefully surviving what needs to be destroyed. I need you to language otherwise. Dear Anne Lesley Selcer, hello from, 'This book looks like reversal. / This book has a beauty that's ruined when it's read.' The misery of dying each day, and each day better seeing through the hallucination of our imagined banquet, your poems do not comfort, better then that they galvanize and embolden. The acceptance of and anger for what we think we know. Thank you. My life differs from before your book because of your book. 'I arise from this accelerated archaeology to spit in knowing's eye.' In the stack of poetry books I keep with me, the ones that I need to remind me to make the conditions of this world tolerable in order to fully transfigure, your book is at the top. It is poets like you who make not being able to do it all alone okay.--CAConrad.