Modernist poet-painters Mina Loy and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven had many friends in common (including Djuna Barnes and Marcel Duchamp), yet there is no record that the two ever met. Their non-relationship presents a curious “absent presence?* in modernist history.
Zelazo weaves lines of poetry by both women into an imaginary conversation, exploring the way their work has been suppressed, stitched, spliced, and edited by male editors and arbiters of taste.
About the author
Suzanne Zelazo is a writer, editor, educator, and former professional triathlete who continues to coach cycling, running and triathlon. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in female modernism and avant-garde poetry and performance. She has worked in commercial sport publishing, founded and ran the small press literary magazine Queen Street Quarterly, and has taught literature and writing courses at York University and Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her scholarly publications include the co-edited collections Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (2010) and Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer (BookThug, 2010). She is also the author of two poetry collections, Parlance and Lances All Alike. Her projects seek to integrate creative expression and the body. Zelazo lives in Toronto.
“Zelazo's [poems are] cerebrally orgasmic, icily erotic — [her] tone, like Virginia Woolf's, is highly introspective, yet reverberates with an urgency that assures readers they are most welcome intruders, resulting in a somber and precise, coolly impassioned orchestration.' — Vallum