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The Big Flawed Heart
Poems after Middlemarch
Krystal Languell



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​George Eliot’s novel does not need a poetic CliffsNotes revision. The point here isn’t to fix anything about the book, nor to make it more accessible to a particular audience, but rather to document the mechanics of the act of reading, in the spirit of Lisa Robertson’s Nilling. The quotidian concerns and basic mistakes of these characters are intended to resonate with readers’ own concerns and mistakes since (as far as I can see) we haven’t yet solved the questions of money and love and how much is too much to ask of each other.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 97
 
“is someone else falling short of
being love manifest
motto not mantra
channeling energy
to a person in need of invisible
support against an obstacle
it is vague and it will continue
on the same path of not your business
as long as your mind is closed
to magic
if you want to be a witch
you must relent
abandon the reflex that first sight
tells you anything true at all”
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
KRYSTAL LANGUELL lives in Chicago. She is the author of two books, Call the Catastrophists and Gray Market, and five chapbooks, including a collection of interviews, Archive Theft (Essay Press, 2015). A NYSCA/NYFA 2017 Artist Fellowship Finalist in Poetry, she previously completed a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace residency in 2014-15 and a Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship in 2013-14. Since 2010, she has helped coordinate the activities of Belladonna* Collaborative while publishing the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. She was an adjunct in New York City for seven years.


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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.