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The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers
by Bhanu Kapil
Kelsey Street Press is proud to announce the publication of Bhanu Kapil's full-length collection of prose poems, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers.
This collection of pieces is arranged using a series of 12 repeated questions, such as "How will you begin?", "Describe a morning you woke without fear" and "Who was responsible for the suffering of your mother?" The manuscript is set in diverse places - Punjab, Central America, England, Arizona - where the meditations on the 'interrogations' considered by the narrator are described in surprising, sensual language that is segmented and seeking.
Only at the end of the twentieth century could a writer create this compelling combination of experience and imagination, education and tradition, sex and prayer. This magic and modern coming of age could not have been written at any other time, yet its references bring the reader places that are distinctly not 1990s America.