Poems and Texts

excerpt from The Prospect by Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand & Anne Tardos
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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excerpt from The Prospect

The prospect—to return to that word
and really think about it, dig into it, like how a word
can be like dirt, and can sprout something like green,
green all over, but still, the prospect, which implies
something incipient, and maybe something planned? Planning
for the future, something happening or about to happen along a line
of green woods, or green horizon, or just a green line

along the edge of what we can see, we who peer
out the window and if you didn’t know the window
was placed in the wall in a way to look out over
a line of green along the horizon almost like
it was coming toward you, that line, spreading toward us.

Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand’s forthcoming books include The Prospect from Delete Press (Spring 2019) and a new collection from Black Square Editions (Fall 2019), along with her translation of Michèle Métail’s book-length poem, Earth’s Horizons. Other publications include Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017) and Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016), Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh, (Little Red Leaves); AREA (Belladonna); and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her long poem, “The Anatomy of Oil,” was recently performed at sites of oil production in the Los Angeles area as part of an art exhibition at GasDot Gallery. She is currently working on her next collection, To Husband Is to Tender, and a translation of Métail’s Toponym: Berlin.

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