A Flowering Freedom
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Calculate the Interest
Dispatches From the End of Life
This series of found poetry collages is collectively titled “Fees and Grace.” Barnes says, “I’m interested in taking text from direct mail letters, especially from credit card and health insurance companies, and using it to create poetic visual experiences. Direct mail can be scary, overwhelming, and boring, and the language reveals so much about capitalism, life with health issues, and the presence of death. This is my way of reckoning with the onslaught of advertisements and policy information that we are constantly subjected to, and deriving some joy from what is usually joyless.”
Madeleine Barnes is a writer and visual artist from Pittsburgh, PA living in Brooklyn. She serves as Poetry Editor at Cordella Magazine, a publication that showcases the work of women-identified and non-binary writers and artists. She holds an MFA from New York University, and her second chapbook, Light Experiments, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press in 2018. Her work tends to focus on themes of trauma, identity, and invisible disabilities.
Bryn Dodson was born in Perth, Australia. He received his MFA in Fiction from New York University. He lives in Brooklyn.