Join us for a dual launch party with wine and nuts for Lite Year by Tess Brown-Lavoie, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series, and for Fence 35, a new issue featuring contributors including some you may know! Come to celebrate this new book of poems and with any purchase you get a free subscription to Fence.
Lite Year renders a classical frame—the agricultural year, its gleanings and turnings—in a modern mode, prismatic interiority trimmed with digital criticality. A book of poetry by a young urban farmer! this young urban farmer has read a lot of literary theory and is also on good terms with millennial tech experiences of being alive, ill, and in love. So the book is dually grounded: in the soil figuratively and in the digital world literally.
Epistolary poems in prose which light up a young farmer's year through external and internal signs and cues, reaching out and reaching in, the lightness of being, loving, and dreaming. The poems don't really tell any stories but they narrate an enchanting and intellectually stimulating subjectivity. The subject of the poems is love, growth, illness, wellness, detachment and attachment as told by an embodied disembodied prime mover, a daughter, sister, lover, farmer. There is an addressee, which longed-for presence provides soil for the embedding of contact. A journal of the times of year in which a body grows quiet, then active, then reflective, then expressive, with all the contemporary appliances, texts, and devices. There is a violence to the transmission of effluence and effluvia; a sweetness to the extrusion of affect.
Tess Brown-Lavoie writes and farms in Providence, RI. Lite Year, her first book, won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize. Tess cofounded Sidewalk Ends Farm with her sisters in 2011, works on land access at Land For Good, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.