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    ISBN: 9781772013658 | Paperback

    112 pages | Pub. Date: 20210823
    6.00 W × 9.00 H × 0.3 D inches
    forthcoming | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
    Rights: WORLD


A Future Perfect operates, like a zoetrope, on the logic of the persistence of vision, joining the successive repetition of absence and presence. Like the sound of rain on a surreal windowpane, these poems constellate between the symbolic order of dreams and the imaginative space of figurative meaning – yet always tethered by the felt sense of being-in-the-world. Wonder is encountered in the ordinary bending of time, discovering what it means to be seen as two things at once; what it means to say “hello, world!”; and how to embrace the gene loss, simultaneously. Here we perceive orbs of light and shadow, entoptic visions collected in luminous masses that taper into peaks, swell into waves, and dip into concave husks – covering a variegated surface, a topography of uncertainty that transverses sky, ocean, landscape, organic hollows, canvas, and architecture – a territory upon which interiority and exteriority merge.

“I’m fascinated with the way the poems in A Future Perfect expand and contract, focusing simultaneously on the quarks and the cosmos of meaning, language, and purpose. The collisions Aigen facilitates are remarkable for their density and energy, working through and against space, time, and topology even prior to the first word. This is an enviable debut.”
—rob mclennan

“It is as if Razielle Aigen awoke one morning to a new genre of poetry: She creates a lyric metaphysics of evanescent life, where metamorphoses are the norm and each aspect of being vibrates in connection to all others. In this new land, word, thought, and world find one another, lose one another, and meet again, surprised at being just here, just now. A book that is, itself, a cause for celebration.”
—Susie Linfield

A Future Perfect takes us into the phenomenological world through a language that constantly shifts and reorders. Like a new genetic sequence, Aigen’s poems reinvent themselves as you read. This illuminating debut is an invitation to come up to the light of all that is within us.”
—Degan Davis

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