14 Sentences

 

14 Sentences

Lie:
Tongue.

Thieve:
Hand.

Love:
Stone.

Read:
Lash.

Mute:
Rack.

Spell:
River.

Shoot:
Prick.

Fear:
Drown.

Flee:
Brand.

Starve:
Rope.

Poor:
Cell.

Freeze:
Fine.

Write:
Blade.

Faith:
Burn.

The project consists of 14 micro-movies on “crime” and “punishment.” Each micro-movie is a couplet consisting of two words only, divided by a title to create a breath in between. There are, excepting the title, only 28 words in the piece. I wanted a visually complex and evocative piece, but because of the speed with which the pieces pass, I thought fairly literal imagery was in order.

Carolyn’s fourth book, Spine, was published last year by Parlor Press. A collection of visual poetry called OZARK CROWS is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press. Her third book, Spoke & Dark, (Red Hen, 2012) won the To The Lighthouse/A Room Of Her Own Prize. Two earlier books are West Pullman (winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize) and Quarry (Parlor, 2008).

Carolyn’s work has appeared in Agni, Bomb, Blackbird, Boston Review, December, Diagram, Diode, Harvard Review, New American Writing, The New Yorker, Permafrost, Salamander, Superstition, Thrush, and many other journals. carolynguinzio.tumblr.com.

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