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Reservoir

Reservoir, tells the story of Arthur Lee and Lillian Mae Gibson, two people displaced by the building and arbitration of Milford Lake in Kansas (the largest man-made body of water in the state). A cross between lyric-essay and micro-history, Reservoir embodies the rubble of this forgotten past through analogous textual structures, such as footnotes that contain literary quotations, lists of rubble in the area and short lyric collages made from a cut-up version of the manuscript. Piecing narrative together from newspaper articles, an archaeological report and a box of documents belonging to Arthur and Lillian Gibson, Reservoir traces parallels between physical, textual, and grammatical sites of accrual: box, house, reservoir, archive, history, literature, person, pronoun, and footnote. Seeking a means of writing that will also undergo the slippage it describes, Reservoir finds that it is language, fractured at the level of sentences, paragraphs, and/or page, which is fragile enough to approach an account of loss.

A series of video essays have emerged from the project. An excerpt of the manuscript, Acquisition: an Index, was published as a chapbook by Essay Press, EP Series. Smaller excerpts have appeared in or are forthcoming from LIT, Small Po[r]tions, La Vague, [out of nothing]Alice Blue ReviewTAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics and Poecology.

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