susana gardner

Susana Gardner is the author of the full-length poetry
collections HERSO (Black Radish Books, 2011) and [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ] (The Tangent Press, 2008). Her third book, CADDISH, Black Radish Books, 2013 is just out. She has published several chapbooks, including Hyper-Phantasie Constructs (Dusie Kollektiv, 2010) and Herso (University of Theory and Memorabilia Press, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in many online and print publications including Jacket, How2, Puerto Del Sol, and Cambridge Literary Review among others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies, including 131.839 slög með bilum (131,839 keystrokes with spaces) (Ntamo, Finland, 2007) and NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: CONTEMPORARY POEMS ON CHILD-GETTING AND CHILD-REARING (Fence Books, United States, 2007). She lives in Zürich, Switzerland, where she also edits and curates the online poetics journal and experimental kollektiv press, Dusie.
Praise for CADDISH
“CADDISH mourns dishonorable modes of historical masculinity by celebrating our slutty embodiment in a studied poetry that is hyper-literary, arch, and punk rock. In this book Ezra Pound goes in drag as H.D.’s sister and illuminates the modernist poem in its full feminist promise—a gendered-undoing that Modernism promised even as it so often performed masculinized pomp. Involved with the textual layers—the wild dress—of poets from the Pre-Raphelites through the Beats and sounding the DIY of Punk and Pussy Riot, we have here a feminist poetry ready for the ecological age of gender’s superfluity.”—Alicia Cohen
“To be in CADDISH is to be delightfully awash in some strange type of dystopia where the language one swims in is so clear; clever; and refreshing that one doesn’t want to stop bathing in its vocabulary that exposes the contradictions we live in and are pained by, in this post-capitalism period. Will we escape the cataclysm to come? CADDISH’s beautifully constructed chaos urges us to embrace the complexity as a beacon from a lighthouse. Susana Gardner is our Siren, but with the difference that her song may just lead us to shore.”—Joe Ross
The fierce, audacious poems in Susana Gardner’s CADDISH weave gorgeous forms and lithe melodies out of broken language and broken love (for what else is a poet to do?). The enthused, garment-rending drama of these ‘intense smutty darling dreams’ will leave you…quite…cuntstruck. ‘Toot allure!'”—Nada Gordon
A good passionate, ocean-tossed read.”—Tom Pickard
Praise for Herso
“I don’t know another poet so formally daring. Rebellious curlicue and lace significant: the pages gleam with pleasure, finesse and audacious measure of human becoming. A consideration of feminine inheritance, rebirth paroled by langue, a her(o)’s journey as decadently articulated as sea-froth. Find it too pretty at your peril—you’ll get pricked by the fine point on this punning”—Catherine Wagner
It’s a pleasure to watch Susana Gardner stretch the language out to its full wingspan, displaying the gendered presumptions that give it flight. Her writing lines up “our turmoils in filched onus rows,” then ships them out via “Rouged Ifs” and charged “stutterance” toward “a restless and scattered hopeful.” Herso is my her( o): froward, many-minded, multi-tongued. —Rodney Koeneke
If Susana Gardner didn’t exist we’d need to invent her Right Now. You’ll want to travel with her, as sometimes you just want to wake up into language in a red-gold way, hearing all the voices, where we’re going. Like a self picked up in echosound, flipping & flick-flacking. HD & Loy & Woolf & Barnes suddenly re-born on a twenty-first-century beach. That continual discovery of what it means to step out in to the day, the gift & adventure of it. Herso rings with rich footsteps, archaic, playful, tongued.—Carol Watts
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Carolyn Forché calls Susana Gardner’s first full-length collection, [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ], “an extended social lyric of longing that refuses isolation because the ‘grandmany’ is all around, in ancestry and memory and books and shared future…. This poetry is full of heart and intelligence.” Geraldine Monk calls it “Disturbingly beautiful” while Elizabeth Treadwell describes the work as “architecturally wild and sturdy.”
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further praise for Herso
Today I’ve been reading Susana Gardner’s HERSO: AN HEIRSHIP IN WAVES. It’s pretty wild, like all the other poetry is just contentedly hanging out in yoga pants & old navy polar fleece, and Susana’s shows up with an Elizabethan gown bedazzled with light-emitting “starhewn dreamdust,” its hair a nest for seahorses which have mated with perefrine falcons, & none of it not once apologizing for over-dressing or even acknowledging it knows what sweat pants are. It’s like lace carved from marble, maybe also a lazer disc on which, in very tiny letters, someone has painted with a moustache hair the words INTERLOPING GENERATORS SANS REGISTRIES. And also “thee thee thee thee thee thee . . .”—Anne Boyer
The “new I” is “her” or “her(o),” on “everturning” an emergence of perceptions smacking with each phrase on new angles and interjections. The book moves through sections of wildly differing formal investigations, sometimes narrative, as clear as “Seeing past her own fucking mess in the kitchen,” and sometimes mad explosions of vispo. Each section offers a (re)transformation of self- and outward recognition, while repeatedly starting over and learning the unmade self anew. Each act in this book practices self-destruction at once with creative generation. We have in Gardner a pure identity, a giftedly honest and formally stunning projectionist of consciousness who imposes nothing upon us but the naked breath of language in the act of happening on a sufficient landscape or raw field of white space to glow in. We have a radical experimentalist with purpose and unabashed human desires, above all to speak and to find shape and resonance in perpetual varieties “an infantine picture–made actual in/its clarification of what simply is.”—Matthew Henriksen
The Brewing Luminous with Tom Orange featuring Susana Gardner
Susana reads from HERSO and talks with host Tom Orange about the book and her poetry life.

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