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GREEN KNIFE

October 24, 2023

Framed on the wall of our mordant modern living, Stella Corso’s evocative second collection, Green Knife, hangs firmly askew. In this annular and focused suite of poems, the flaneur’s gaze is provoked by—and attuned to—its caustic surroundings: a therapist comparing their client to a painting; a subject reflecting on numerous imagined projections; our speaker walking around and around it all (as if in an exhibition hall), cataloguing how humanity's absurdity shifts and blooms based on the eye’s moods. With humor and heart, and with an acerbically piercing tone, Corso claims the world “is alive and well. If you care / to look." We just have to be willing to “submit to the image // with courage.”

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TANTRUM

November 1, 2017

Like the most formidable silver-screen comediennes, Stella Corso’s debut collection Tantrum is at once incisive and generous, candid and performative, full of coos and barbed truths. “I like that I can be a little dumb with you,” one poem murmurs before delivering a shattering assessment of a woman undermined by her lover. Wry and deliberately feminine, Tantrum makes a riposte to many things: capitalism, chauvinism, even William Carlos Williams. (Reading this book is a bit like watching Corso teasingly feed Williams the plums pilfered from the icebox, pits and all.) Self-possessed, self-indicting, Corso’s speakers unflinchingly explore the complex of rights and wrongs undergirding contemporary first-world femininity: “I turned away from my ambivalence / toward my proof, my receipt // I said I’m sorry / I am just a woman on vacation // I knew all events had led up to this.” Corso’s lively eye also inspects the mesh of nature and performance, art and decadence, ideas and things: “I go out into the field in my bikini / though there is no one there to see me,” “I put on my sleep mask / and see stars.”


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WIND & THE AUGUR

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March 2021

TABOO VIVANT

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September 2022

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UPCOMING READINGS & WORKSHOPS

6/20/2024, Boulder, CO @ Naropa Summer Writing Program, Faculty Reading w/ Monica Jiménez, Valerie Hsiung, and Dawn Lundy Martin, 7pm

6/17/2024, Boulder, CO @ Naropa Summer Writing Program (Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics), MFA Lecture, 2pm

5/20/2024, Los Angeles, CA @ Poetic Research Bureau at 2220 Arts w/ Rosie Stockton & Giulia Bencivenga, 7pm

4/21/2024, New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Poetry Festival, Mercury Firs Reading, St. Roch Tavern, 3pm

4/20/2024, New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Poetry Festival, "Writing Intimacy" Workshop w/ Leah Nieboer, 3pm

4/19/2024, New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Poetry Festival, Soft Clock Reading, 10pm

3/1/2024, Cleveland, OH @ CSU Poetry Center, Lighthouse Reading Series w/ Hussain Ahmed

2/8/2024, Kansas City, MO @ 21st Century Hotel and Gallery, AWP Offsite Reading w/ Rescue Press, CSU Poetry Center, Windfall Room, and Birds LLC

2/7/2024, Kansas City, MO @ 21st Century Hotel and Gallery, AWP Offsite Reading w/ Sprung Formal, Bear Review, Lmnl Lit, Mississippi Review

11/12/2023, online @ Vocational Poetics: Binging the Syntax: A Workshop for Greedy Horny Sentences, 6-8 MT, sliding scale

10/14/2023, Denver, CO @ Lost Greens Farm: Book Launch & Reading (w/ Leah Nieboer, Samuel Jesse Jones, Jason Lipeles), 3pm

10/9/2023, Brooklyn, NY @ Unnameable Books: Book Launch & Reading (w/ Jed Munson, Rachel James, sadé powell), 7pm

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RECENT WORK

3 Poems from Green Knife (Cleveland Review of Books)

2 Poems from Green Knife (Poetry Daily)

XV (Annulet)

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$150 (full-length)

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