My Queer Shoulder and the Veil

veiled-spill-coverArielle Greenberg includes a meaty, enthusiastic discussion of Jan Clausen’s Veiled Spill: A Sequence in her latest  American Poetry Review column under the heading “What to Read Now: Some Vital Books from 2014.” Greenberg’s nuanced appreciation for work that refuses to separate artistry from history is infectious, and lamentably rare in our literary press. Read the full text here (also with compelling perspectives on work by Claudia Rankine, Emily Abendroth, CA Conrad, Hoa Nguyen, and others):
Writing at length in The Rumpus, Kelly Morse seems a little nervous about what she labels “political poetry,” but places Veiled Spill in the best of company when she concludes with a Ginsberg reference:”Clausen is putting her queer shoulder to the wheel, America. She is hoping you will join her.”
You’ll get that chance on the evening of Friday, Jan. 30th, when Clausen will read from the book at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint. The event, sponsored by Brooklyn for Peace, includes music by John O’Connor. Details here:

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