Noemi Press 2019


Not long ago, apropos of her recent book of poetry, I heard Colby speak about stripping back and whacking language until only essential articulations remained. Do not quote me on this. I’m providing a not entirely reliable narrative around her unsettling use of whacking. It’s just that a similar fierceness drives (almost literally) Colby’s unrelenting intelligence in Dream of the Trenches. As she tracks memory’s workings, the writing races forward and backward at once. And the language starts taking itself apart. This matters. Speaking of matter, as Colby would have it, the journey is apace with controlled, delirious entropy.

—Mónica de la Torre

Dream of the Trenches by Kate Colby

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