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Comes Up to Face the Skies by Steve Gilmartin

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Comes Up to Face the Skies by Steve Gilmartin

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Comes Up to Face the Skies by Steve Gilmartin

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Little Red Leaves Press is pleased to announce the release of Comes Up to Face the Skies, a new chapbook by Steve Gilmartin.  Derived from his own mistranslation of Emily Dickinson poems in German, this project sends the reader down the rabbit hole of the translator.  Each poem set contains a series of three interpretations in which the poet experiments with the meaning of the original text, sometimes resurrecting his own faulty German, but more often exploiting those flaws to send the poem spinning off in a completely novel and unforeseen direction.

Gilmartin’s stretching of Dickinson’s poems compels us to abandon any conception of a stable source text.  He alters line numbers and stanza breaks, turning “I dwell in possibility” into a slab sonnet.  He transforms “Dots, / On a Disk of Snow” into “nymph exoskeletons” and then “a slow-motion sneeze.”  What we get, as a native speaker translates poems back into their native language through a foreign filter, is really a commentary on the fidelity of language.  And so when the poet asks, “must words arrange to marry?” his poems suggest we answer, “No—they are not."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Gilmartin’s fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Café IrrealeratioOtolithsMad Hatters’ ReviewEleven ElevenAble Muse andBlazeVOX. In 2012 he participated in an artist-writer collaborative project, Broadside Attractions / Vanquished Terrains, that exhibited at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Recent projects include reworkings of a group of Northern Californian Wintu tales and a mistranslation of Cesar Vallejo’s Trilce.