Gordon Hadfield & Sasha Steensen
54 pp, saddle-stitched with letterpress cover
"Correspondence takes up where the postcard leaves off, writing to say: If "this is the address," then where are you dear traveler/sender/reader/recipient and what are you responsible for other than your own baggage? The poems locate us neither here nor there by arriving in one city only to depart from another. They take on the postcard's delegated responsibility as their own, and so write the interim routethat track or trek or flight over unnamed cities, villages, "tower-temple-building-landscape." Because the traveler never corresponds to where she is at any given moment, how can she write of it? The tourist's site and sight will be shaken, sometimes ill, like the view from the bus. In transit from page to page, the words loosen themselves and thereby the camera's fixed apertures: they perform the splaying, perpendicular gape; they "include bridges"; they know such distances the tourist ever occupies in passing bythat impossibility lodged in the back pocket of the book, of taking the actual postcard from it and writing "well here I am."
-- Sarah Campbell
"I really loved this book…It is an example of literature that complicates and comments on the notion of tourism and travel, and the writing that it tends to produce. And it's beautifully made."
-- Rosa Alcalá
“I received Correspondence the other day... Keep up the compelling work at Handwritten Press!”
-- Steve Clay
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