SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD
Her painful legs refused to emerge. It was a question of a particular movement. A passage from analyses to terrifying hallucination. The pressure oozing out of her. Still nursing she held up the head. Her own singular sensation of pain. Ferociously archival proof of an event that left no other material.
Fieldnotes, a forensic charts one forensic anthropologist's series of descents in the first decade of the new millennium - a decade when forensic discourses and experts became ubiquitous in popular culture and on the daily news. But the edgy, passionate and erudite writer of these fieldnotes is no Temperance Brennan or Kathy Reichs. Part parody of popular discourses on the forensic anthropologist, part exegesis of the fieldnote genre, and part response to the natural and human catastrophes that unfolded during the writing of this book, Eichhorn's second collection continues to explore the poetics and affective dimensions of knowledge making at the edges of poetry and fiction.
About the author
Kate Eichhorn is the author of Fond (2008), a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. She is also co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (2009) and Belladonna Elders Series, Vol. 6 (2009). Her poetry, prose and criticism are part of a serial investigation of historiography, ethnography and poetics. She teaches writing and cultural theory at The New School in New York City.
- Winner, Gerald Lampert Award
Full of heightened ideas and lively associations, Fond is deeply rooted and impeccably accomplished.
- Gerald Lampert Award Jury
...a gorgeous book, and one that leaves much room for thought - on the page, and in the reader's mind.
- Stephen Collis
Kate Eichhorn's writing is miraculous: Fieldnotes catalogues mourning as it enacts a search for the more trustworthy strategies of approach to love and loss. Equal parts thriller and experimental poem, this inquiry into the tragic consequences of failures of communication is also a hot exploration of desire. As delicious as it is difficult, as rigorous as it is original, inventive and various, this is a truly marvellous book.
- Laura Mullen