Video: Nervous Device by Catherine Wagner

Catherine Wagner’s poems shift between seductive lyricism and brash fragmentation as they negotiate the failure of human connection in the twilight of American empire. . . .

Last month, City Lights Spotlight Series poet Catherine Wagner performed pieces from her newest collection Nervous Device (City Lights, October 2012). Taking inspiration from William Blake’s “bounding line” to explore the poem as a body at the intersection between poet and audience, Wagner uses this figure as a model for various sexual, political, and economic interactions.

Next week, if you’re in New York, check out Miss Wagner’s performance Wednesday, December 12, 8:00pm at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.

After the video, go here to read two of the poems from at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery..

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