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“Plot is inexhaustibly complex, varied, and difficultand as fearlessly and even grimly inventive and searching as one can conceive any book of poems as being. It instantly joins the few contemporary works. . .whose gravity is synonymous with the passion and integrity of their intelligence.” Calvin Bedient, Verse
978-0-8021-3792-0 • $16.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2001
"A fiercely gifted young poet . . . She knows when to bless and to curse . . . [and] makes you hopeful for American poetry." Robert Hass
Her third collection of poetry, Claudia Rankine's Plot is original and enchanting, and the language, as in her acclaimed The End of the Alphabet, never ceases to startle and confront.
Plot is a postmodern dialogue about pregnancy and childbirth. Liv, the expectant mother, and her husband, Erland, find themselves propelled into one of our most basic plotsboy loves girl, girl gets pregnant. Liv's respect for life, however, makes her reluctant to bring a new life into the world. The couple's electrifying journey is charted through dreams, conversations, and reflections. A text like no other, it crosses genres, existing at times in poetry, at times in dialogue and prose, in order to arrive at new life and baby Ersatz. This stunning, avant-garde performance enacts what it means to be human, and to invest in humanity.