American poet, Jennifer K Dick is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt Press, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (UofGA Press, 2004), and 3 chapbooks including BETWIXT (Corrupt, 2012), TRACERY (Dusie, 2012) and RETINA/Rétine (Estepa Editions, France). CONVERSION, A new art-chapbook is forthcoming in Sept 2013 with Estepa.
She is also the author of an interesting manuscript in progress titled CERN 200 which we are happy to share some of here on Undertow. According to Jennifer this project on the CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, arose in part because of its proximity, but also because of what she feels is its humorous but also fascinating metaphorical-metaphysical existence as a house of mirrors reflecting mankind’s attempts to know. It embodies the risks (death, starting over on a global or even universal scale) that scientists are willing to take in their attempt to see, control, manipulate, and play with this universe which encapsulates them. Beyond the interesting motivation behind the project, CERN 200 is a beautiful mixture of lanuage and sciene that works well together. It’s also really hard to not like a series of poems that includes the line “the universe’s cock ring.” Jennifer teaches at the Université of Haute Alsace in Mulhouse, France, co-curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire Art mini-residency at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She is also a poetry editor for VERSAL out of Amsterdam. She keeps a blog here
1 These poems owe their form to 16 Poems by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Laura Healy, published on theBOMB magazine website at http://bombsite.com/issues/999/articles/4864
2 This poem references details found in http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/faster- stronger-earlier-the-american-particle-accelerator-that-never-was/259512/ and http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1937370,00.html
3 This poem uses a combination of info from the TIME article http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1937370,00.htmland the Nobel Prize site on the 2012 winners, specifically: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2012/press.html