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I Kept All Your Postcards

Catherine Fuerst

In her first published collection, Catherine Fuerst’s agile poems dance elegant figures around the text that inspired them, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Calvino’s protagonist, Marco Polo, in addition to entertaining Kublai Khan with accounts of the cities he visited on his voyage to China, seems also to have sent a series of nine postcards home to his lover in Venice. These poems are her answers, a lover’s true dialogic answers that meld Calvino’s language and her own. From them Marco Polo will learn, if he gets them, what their unborn daughters are up to and why talking to her will be far more satisfying than talking to Khan. He will learn what distance is. He will hear of her own projected travels in the opposite direction from his, among the Passamaquoddy, whose language she will learn.

Six other “postcards” round out the collection, about the First & Only Bank of Mutual Benefit and Goethe’s mother among other subjects. Frequently constrained by rules, they move in a way that feels wholly unconstrained.

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Paperbound in full color
Hand sewn
26 pp. + 4

News & Events

March 23rd Reading

Please come join us at the launch party for Catherine Fuerst's I Kept All Your Postcards! We will celebrate this latest in our Libellulæ series on Monday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm, in the main gallery at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St., Brooklyn. Stop by to enjoy a glass of wine and hear the author read; you can also pick up a copy and get it signed. See you there!


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