VALID, VIRTUAL, VEGETABLE REALITY by REBECCA CLOSE
By Rebecca Close
Winner of The Melita Hume Prize
valid, virtual, vegetable reality uproots and examines the relationships between cinema and sexual practices; official national memory and the hierarchical structure of family; nineteenth century medical discourses on disease and the perceived contagiousness of ideas. A range of forms associated with instruction whether feminist manifesto, code, satellite radio transmission, or georgic are appropriated here in poems that construct the body as a matter of technological as well as archival and lyrical construction, always in the process of (collective) invention and always subject to modification and calibration, but never success.