Lisa Robertson , born in Toronto in 1961, lives in Berkeley. In between has been Mississauga, Sharon, Musgrave Landing on Saltspring Island, Vancouver, Paris, Jouhet, and Oakland, with briefer sojourns in Baxter’s Harbour, Donnaconna, Grande Cache, Cambridge and San Diego. During these times, one book of essays, Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture , from Coach House, and 7 books of poetry, the most recent of which, Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip, is also published by Coach House Books, with a cover by the artists Hadley + Maxwell.
One of the humans said in his summer
You are not
The emergency of money.
A human said do you Topiary?
As another absurdist-farcical-tragical
I say this gravely.
It was the spring of my thirty-fifth year
of raising a transnational believing class
said raising the imagining animal
or how not to break
after the ghostly simultaneous last ragged
manifesto in breath preens
flat tires of old American cars
and change breaks my heart.