The constraint-based poems in this debut collection are written in the future-perfect tense, used as a way of bending time and playing with non-linearity. They challenge the “self” imagined as a unified monolith by pulling language apart, dissecting idioms and speech, then reassembling it in new and unconventional ways, using language as a medium not only for its literal sense, but also its auditory dimension. Cadence is another focus, as the ordering and pairing of slightly dissonant words creates moments of the uncanny, altering perceptions to push language beyond functional, ordinary usage.
As we dismantle the linguistic binds that keep us stuck in traditional templates and labels, A Future Perfect moves us forward, freeing our inner landscapes, enabling us to dispense with the superfluous spokes of our world views, in an effort to continuously reinvent ourselves. Imagery of sky, landscape, organic hollows, biological crevices, architectural edifices, surfaces and topologies are used to evoke a kinaesthetic and tactile sense of space. Finally, calling on nature lends emotional and psychic valence, giving contour to the basic human drives of love and death – Eros and Thanatos – that propel these poems.
Razielle Aigen is the author of three chapbooks to date, and has published poems, essays, and interviews in both print and online publications across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She has been the recipient of a Research and Creation grant awarded by Canada Council for the Arts. Razielle holds a B.A. in Contemporary Studies and History from the University of King’s College-Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at New York University.