Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Interview in the Seattle Star

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Heather Logue
for the Seattle Star. She asked me really thoughtful,
challenging questions about using The Nutshell Studies
of Unexplained Death as the muse for Doll Studies: Forensics.
Thanks, Heather! Take a look:
http://www.seattlestar.net/2012/02/halogue/carol-guess-delves-into-doll-forensics/
And don't forget about my reading tonight at Open Books,
in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. I'll be reading
from Doll Studies: Forensics at 7:30; the event is free
and open to the public. Here's a link to Open Books, our great
poetry bookstore, a sacred space for writers and readers alike:
http://www.openpoetrybooks.com/index.html

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Doll Studies: Forensics just released!


My new prose poetry collection Doll Studies: Forensics
has just been published by Black Lawrence Press!
You can order the book on BLP's website, at any 
independent bookstore, or on Amazon.
I'll be reading from the book in Seattle on Tuesday,
Feb. 21st at Open Books, our wonderful all-poetry
bookstore in Wallingford. The reading is free
and open to the public, and starts at 7:30pm.

Doll Studies: Forensics is based on artwork created 
by Frances Glessner Lee during the 1940's. Lee constructed 
a series of dioramas titled "The Nutshell Studies 
Of Unexplained Death." Each diorama depicts 
a crime scene, littered with clues that may be used 
to solve the crime. I developed my poems in response 
to artist Corrine May Botz's photographs of Lee's 
dioramas, as well as her research on the topic. 
Botz's website includes images from her brilliant book 
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death:
http://www.corinnebotz.com/Corinne_May_Botz/Corinne_May_Botz.html
As always, I welcome inquiries from teachers 
and reviewers. I'm happy to send out review copies,
and to converse with instructors about ways to use
my book in the classroom. I also welcome feedback 
from readers and suggestions for my next obsession!
It was fun being in this book. I'd love to find another project
that feels similarly consuming.