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The View They Arrange

The View They Arrange


Dale Going


    1995, 80 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-33-4



    Dale Going translates the language of dancers rushing forward and apart into an elastic poetic form. In this extended, newly unified space, she observes the everyday living arrangements of family and friends; recalls an experience of confluence of her own chemotherapy treatments with the nuclear accident at Chernobyl; and meditates on the feminist implications of keeping a journal ("a habit that doesn't require perfection"). Kathleen Fraser describes Going's writing as "cream-thick dream think, edible and langorous."




    Dale Going is a poet and printer of poetry. Her first full-length collection of poetry, As/Of the Wholewon the San Francisco State University Poetry Chapbook Award; her second, The View They Arrange, was nominated for the Poets’ Prize. Chapbooks include Or Less, She Pushes With Her Hands, and Leaves from a Gradual. She has received a California Arts Council Grant, fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a Seattle Bumbershoot Festival Letterpress Award, and the New York State Latin Teacher’s Award at age 16 for her first published work, a translation from Virgil’s Aenid

    As the founder of Em Press (Mill Valley, CA) Dale publishes fine letterpress editions of poetry chapbooks, broadsides, and pamphlets by contemporary women poets. Dale designs, hand letterpress prints on a Vandercook proof press, and sews the books in collaboration with the poets. Em Press books are in private collections, the special collections of university and public libraries, and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

    Her public collaborations have included readings, writing & performing for poets’ theater, teaching book arts workshops, curating an exhibition of artists’ books by poets, co-founding the innovative literary zine Rooms, writing essays and interviews of book artists and poets, hosting a radio program of poets reading and discussing their work, and contributing text to the work of visual artists.


    It is rare that one comes across a book that once read demands to be read again and again. This is one of those times. 

    —Feminist Bookstore News

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