Press Yourself Against a Mirror
by Janelle Adsit
Adsit’s press yourself against a mirror is a collection of poems, lines, and blocks of prose-y poetry discussing language, desire, and really looking. Closely. Closer.
In a hunt for identity where dreams are “spindly and thriving,” we must search for what we want and then count on ourselves for the strength to hold it close, to keep it safe, to interrogate all that’s reflected in the people & things that are our mirrors. (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
EXCERPT FROM “[IN DRESS]”
press yourself against a mirror
refuse everything with an open palm
secure a harm—know you can afford it
equate yourself with only the aware—never be detected
recall your photos—never frame them
believe in your cotton chains
whisper what you mean twice to check for its meaning
realize that there is no distinction between what you suggest
and what you allow
ABOUT THE POET
Janelle Adsit is the author of Unremitting Entrance (2015). Her poetry has appeared in publications such as Sixth Finch, Requited, and Caketrain. She lives in Northern California.
ABOUT THE COVER
Christopher Squier (MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, 2015) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in San Francisco. He is the recipient of the SFAI + Kadist Fellowship, La Fragua Artist Residency (Spain) and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and has shown recently in San Francisco, Boston, Córdoba, and Prague.
“Perspective Structure III (Steiner Hall)” (linoleum block print, 7 x 9 inches, 2010).