Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016
"The restraint is active, and the spaces, the silences, are freighted." — C.D. Wright
In her fourth poetry collection, Staying Alive, Laura Sims envisions the state of the world and of human existence before, during and after the forever-imminent apocalypse. In channeling and sampling works of apocalyptic fiction and non-fiction—The War of the Worlds, The World Without Us, How to Stay Alive in the Woods, and The Road, to name a few—the poems explore multiple world-endings and their possible outcomes, and pose answers to the questions: will we, how do we, and should we stay alive?
About the Author
Laura Sims is the author of My god is this a man, Stranger, and Practice, Restraint (all from Fence Books), and five chapbooks of poetry. She edited Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson (powerHouse Books), a book of her correspondence with the celebrated experimental novelist. Sims has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, and has been a co-editor of Instance Press since 2009. She teaches literature and creative writing at NYU-SPS and lives with her family in Brooklyn. Staying Alive (UDP, 2016) is her fourth book of poetry.