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Yedda Morrison


    2003, 88 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-65-2




    Yedda Morrison's first book, Crop, heralds a remarkable new voice for the politically engaged poetic. Under Morrison's relentless scrutiny, an entire teeming universe peopled by "cherry pickers" and others comes alive. Crop probes and reinvents the contradictory logics of capitalism, (re)production, and gender, without succumbing to polemic, "she----general defused female violence inviter---diminished double-----blue throated." Laboring against our expectations, Morrison assembles poems of richness, commitment and astonishing humor.




    Writer and visual artist Yedda Morrison was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include; Girl Scout Nation (Displaced Editions, 2008), My Pocket Park (Dusie Press, 2007), Crop (Kelsey Street Press, 2003), Shed (A + Bend Press, 2000) and The Marriage of the Well Built Head (Double Lucy Press, 1998). She has also been published in the Bay Poetics Anthology (Faux Press, 2006) and in Co (Collaborations with Bruce Andrews, Roof Books, 2006). Morrison has received numerous awards for her visual work, which has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Canada. From 1998–2003 she co-edited Tripwire: a Journal of Experimental Poetics and Visual Arts and served on the Board of Directors at Small Press Traffic for many years. She currently lives in Montreal.


    From insecticide to plastic heels, no one has explored the disturbingintimacies between persons and things that arise in a system of exploited labor with as much insight as Yedda Morrison. Addressed to a world in which everything is brutally functionalized, her poetry unflinchingly confronts the violence behind the production of the sweet. One of the most original and aesthetically powerful books I have read in years.

    — Sianne Ngai


    In the future, historians will look back and wonder why the year 2003 marked a paradigm shift for poetry. Dozens of concurrent events aided this shift, but Yedda Morrison's first book Crop, showed us how poetry can be made interchangeable with activism.

    — Kevin Killian

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