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"A slim poetic catalog of weights and measurements." — James Cihlar
Destitute of worth, having no value.
Destitute of words, having no significance.
Though I meant what I said and
wrote and, writing off
the wreck and the reckoner
cash out in the everyday.
What a beautiful accident! Can I say that?
That’s life, she said.
Capitalize on past mistakes and still you
need a good business sense.
A calculated risk, a cultivated loss—
form a bond with abandon
all you bonds, form
and be content. For whom
and how many
and how many times you begin again
depends on how many times you end.
A slim poetic catalog of weights and measurements, Malilenas examines how we impose order through routine quantifiers—from binary code to cellular biology, from calendars to stock markets, from gender to semiotics—and yet how artistic expression and human connections transcend order.—James Cihlar
Numbers slide promiscuously around in these poems, emboldening the fundamental ways in which we have relations with counting (accounting for): bodies, monies, words, selves. Kalleberg's work embodies a science of many, and the indivisible hangs out in it, too, as fabulous, energetic, funny and full of pathos as César Vallejo, hitting us in our pecuniary pocket, if the wallet were a thing we wore on our hearts.—Eleni Sikelianos