NTA Longlist: Lazy Suzie by Suzanne Doppelt translated by Cole Swensen

Lazy Suzie by Suzanne Doppelt, translated from the French by Cole Swensen (Litmus Press)

Dopplet-LazySuzie_cover_WEB_FINAL-1With a slowly spinning display of the senses, Suzanne Doppelt provokes a rethinking of how we experience reality. An interplay of words and photographs, these prose poems, bracingly rendered by Cole Swensen, pull the reader into a camera obscura world to explore light and mirrors in a swoon of shifting perspectives, which are juxtaposed in gliding, chiming enumerations that repeatedly allude to Cezanne’s principles of painting—“sphere, cube, cone”—in order to thus ponder the relationships our eyes/cameras/reproductions may make of them: “sight presumes a slight fissure and to start painting means to pierce a hole”; or, “[w]hen everything is perfectly aligned and the moon is as flat as a leaf and slides into the shadow of the earth, it disappears, then re-emerges an hour later in the half light, a striated ghost, and slightly stained, to regain its luster at another time.”

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