In these materially attentive poems, silk figures as both medium and metaphor, opening onto a truly international and trans-historical poem of lyric intimacy, written from the perspective of a literate silk-worm who quotes Rich, Wright, and Nabokov. In this sense, Bervin's research-based poetic occasions an inter-species collaboration, though I'd be remiss to discuss the innovative means of this project without stressing the elegance and generosity of the writing itself.— Cam
In conjunction with Tufts University's Silk Lab's cutting-edge research on liquified silk, Jen Bervin wrote a poem composed in a six-character chain that corresponds to the DNA structure of silk; modeled on the way a silkworm applies filament to its cocoon. This poem, written from the perspective of the silkworm, explores the cultural, scientific, and linguistic complexities of silk written inside the body.
About the Author
JEN BERVIN is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose research-driven works weave together art, writing, science, and life. She has published ten books, including Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems. The recipient of a Creative Capital grant, she lives in Guilford, CT.