I Kept All Your Postcards
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.
Paperbound in full color
26 pp. + 4