Green Is for World
"Green Is for World is a book that expands on the childlike register of its title: it is open, vulnerable, curious."--Ange Mlinko, National Poetry Series judge
Peering through a macro lens at the shapes and voices of our universe, this collection captures the invisible and inexpressible elements of our world's ruins and history while offering a "craving for] details from the future."
Juliana Leslie was born in Cooperstown, New York. The author of More Radiant Signal (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) and three chapbooks, Leslie is currently finishing a PhD at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
Praise For Green Is for World…
"Green is for World is a book that expands on the childlike register of its title: it is open, vulnerable, curious. Like many poets in our time, Juliana Leslie uses collaged fragments to build small poems and stanzas that test the potential for language to communicate before it is understood (as T.S. Eliot put it). What makes Leslie different from many poets in our time is her way of imbuing the poem with wonder and awethis is not the disenchanted modern poet! Shakespeare, Odysseus, George Herbert, Longinus: these are her companions, as refreshing and freshening in the course of a mundane day as herbs in a garden. "Green," then, refers as much to the balms that poets provide as to the balsalm of the natural world."—Ange Mlinko, National Poetry Series judge
Juliana Leslie’s exciting new book is constantly opening up and breaking into light, revelation, and sound. Green is for World is a surprising book, wonderously achieved and lovingly composed.”Peter Gizzi
"'If you are not being undone / you are not living outside,' writes Juliana Leslie in her second astonishing book of poems. Green Is for World is a primer for how a poet might map the imagination. And Leslie’s strange, lyrical syntax falls in love with the work of tracking what’s just below the surface of thought: trafficking in the near-spoken, the peculiar particulars, and in the unseen textures of lived experienceto develop a new archive for the elusive pathways of felt thinking. Curious and attentive, these poems somehow seem to disentangle the details while simultaneously inventing a new condensary, as Leslie writes, 'Whatever the eye swallows / is likely to rise up & come back.'" Joshua Marie Wilkinson
"Within the flickering bounds of an almost-still life, or a lumpy window, or perhaps more like a conversation with heat, Juliana Leslie's Green is for World is rife with the finely-noised intimacy I might encounter in a room occupied by paintings that have been freed from the confines of light. The ship blinks, and I am moved, unpleated, to go long, wider into the unsettled edges of nature, busting up with the secret intentions of lemons, stones, and a humble circumference."Sawako Nakayasu
Coffee House Press, 9781566893169, 73pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2012