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Erica N. Cardwell

Erica Cardwell is a writer and critic based in Brooklyn and Toronto.

Chronology

Chronology, the winner of the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, is a nonfiction collage of emails, journal entries, press releases, theory, and short bits of theatrical dialogue, producing an appropriate pastiche for the contemporary multimedia-trained brain. It is a hybrid text formulated from one’s personal archive, which is notable for the photographs and other ephemera tucked into the pages.

N.H. Pritchard’s The Matrix and EECCHHOOEESS

These poetry collections exemplify the literary innovation of this era—a commitment to the pursuit and study of sound and a symbolic resistance to legibility. Pritchard’s poetry illustrates a specific tenant of jazz poetics: words are more malleable when deconstructed.

JJJJJerome Ellis’s The Clearing

A songbook attentive to corporeal language-making processes often dismissed as impediments. The Clearing is not a metaphor—a symbol for clarity or realization—but an activation of ever-present clarity.

Gabrielle Civil’s the déjà vu: black dreams & black time

This book is a catalogue of the past, the pandemic present, and a contemplative future. It’s a moving record of the interior life and public performativity of a Black woman in her body.

Pope.L, My Kingdom for a Title

Equal parts a peek at the artist’s sketchbook and a career retrospective through Pope.L’s iterative textual analysis, this book enlivens the artist’s fascination with language as a core mode of inquiry.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2022

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