EP74circleLike Fur
Julia Bloch


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The prose poems in Julia Bloch’s Like Fur explore the affective structures of fertility. Imitating the starts and stops of memory and wanting, these poems stage an essayistic argument about the complicated desire for queer futurity. Moving through spaces of dailiness and desire (waiting rooms, yoga studios, commuter rails) and shot through with resonant objects of temporality and containment (building materials, lunar charts), Like Fur explores the contracts and contractions of memory and wanting.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 74
 
“So swipe while the forgetting’s fresh, swaddle the memory in iron, some locusts, soil? plaster? fat? muscle? marble? pulp? linoleum? a shipping envelope? a nitrogen tank? Underneath the carpet is tack and underneath the tack nails and underneath the nails pine or particle and underneath that hair bone but no more stone look supersweet
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
JULIA BLOCH grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of two books of poetry (Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Valley Fever), and of four chapbooks, most recently Hollywood Forever, from Little Red Leaves Textile Series. She lives in Philadelphia, coedits Jacket2, and directs the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.