- By Nathalie Stephens

Touch To Affliction

  • Title: Touch To Affliction
  • Author: Nathalie Stephens
  • ISBN: 9781552451755
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Touch To Affliction Touch to Affliction is a text of ruins ruins of genre of language of the city of the body of the barbarism of the twentieth century At once lament accusation and elegy this work articulates the

    Touch to Affliction is a text of ruins ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body, of the barbarism of the twentieth century At once lament, accusation and elegy, this work articulates the crumbling of buildings, the evisceration of language, the inhumanity that arises from patrie.Acclaimed poet Nathalie Stephens walks among these ruins, calling out to those bTouch to Affliction is a text of ruins ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body, of the barbarism of the twentieth century At once lament, accusation and elegy, this work articulates the crumbling of buildings, the evisceration of language, the inhumanity that arises from patrie.Acclaimed poet Nathalie Stephens walks among these ruins, calling out to those before her who have contemplated atrocity Martin Buber, Henryk G recki, Simone Weil In the end, this work considers what we are left with indeed, what is left of us as both participants in and heirs to the twentieth century.Touch to Affliction is political but never polemical It lives at the interstices of thought and the unnameable It is a book for our times.

    1 thought on “Touch To Affliction

    1. Inspiring and provoking the imaginationStephens: j'adore - poetry confused in being a prose, this is a fleshy bodily work of repetitive signs-metaphors (city, body-to-the-bone, language), reinvented, reimagined with every new line of the book.

    2. More of a book long sequence than a collection of poems. While things are broken up by titles here and there, each longer piece is in dialogue with the others, sharing the same prose-y form and similar sets of images/concerns (What is a city? What is language? etc.)There are some blistering, intriguing passages:City is stone, yes, but it is stone that is worn. It is skin that falls away from bone. It is the thing we go toward. It is the thing and that is all. We haven't a name for it. It is that [...]

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