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Kim Rosenfield

Kim Rosenfield is the author of several books of poetry, including Good Morning--Midnight-- (Roof Books, 2001), Tràma (Krupskaya, 2004), re:evolution (Les Figues Press, 2009), Lividity (Les Figues Press, 2012), and USO:...

re: evolution

Kim Rosenfield

Introduction by Sianne Ngai
Analysis by Diana Hamilton
Research Paper by Jennifer Calkins
Cover art by Ken Ehrlich and Susan Simpson
Book 3 of 5, TrenchArt Tracer Series
Poetry | $15.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-08-0
Size: 9.25″ X 4.25″
Pages: 100
Binding: Softcover, Perfect


Delving into the fissures of language as an opportunity to create something new, Rosenfield appropriates texts from various fields of knowledge (evolutionary theory, psychoanalysis, advice on the science of living, and feminist theory) to rewire ideas of authority, subjectivity, and expert opinion. The resulting re: evolution is part text-book, part poem, part song-of-science, part feminist guide-to-living. Presented alongside research and analysis from a literary critic (Sianne Ngai), a poet/academic (Diana Hamilton) and an evolutionary biologist (Jennifer Calkins), and coupled with images by poet/artist Yedda Morrison, re: evolution begs the question: what moves around what?

Praise for re: evolution:

“Her lyrical ‘I’ is never quite not Kim Rosenfield, carnival barker and perfume saleswoman, and yet – pinched from different sources – it is Kim-inflected general, abstracted ‘I’ (an amalgam of “I”s created through strategic eaves-dropping) that lifts her work above mere solipsism.”

– Brian Kim Stefans, Audiatur, Read full review

“Rosenfield has created a poetics of anti-fetishism that is, remarkably, just as pleasurable, funny, and creepy as the kind of fixation of obsession it critiques […] No small or hairless feat, this is the same queer anti-fetishism which we see in the writing of poets like Mina Loy and Stacy Doris.”

– Sianne Ngai

re: evolution takes evolutionary theory and reconstitutes it, reinterprets it, illuminates, deconstructs and critiques it. re: evolution transfers the theory of evolution into historical context and breaks it open.”

– Jennifer Calkins, Evolutionary Biologist