Susan Gevirtz — Prosthesis::Caesarea

“I speak not, I trace not, I breathe not thy name” begins a section from Byron’s “Stanzas for Music.” This is one part form the Hebrew Melodies that he suppressed, allowing the other poems to be set to music by Isaac Nathan. This strange model the model of absence stands behind Susan Gevirtz’s CAESAREA: Herod’s City as a meta model, containing and generating a structure of strange models. It silently introduces and permits, ‘like the night,’ the many intersecting and emerging arms of armatures (‘the woman’s hundred arms’ Thrall, Gevirtz) that create the multiple rhythms, tones and trajectories of Gevirtz’s long poem.” — Norma Cole

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