Today's poem is "A Vision"
from Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death

Factory Hollow Press

Caryl Pagel is the author of Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death. Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Devil’s Lake, Jacket2, and Thermos, among other journals. She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat.

Other poems by Caryl Pagel in Verse Daily:
October 19, 2008:   "Jacket" "He bites a tape-measure between his teeth..."

Books by Caryl Pagel:

Other poems on the web by Caryl Pagel:
Two poems
Eight poems
"[Hear One Cry Out]"
Two poems
Two poems
Two poems

About Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death:

"Caryl Pagel’s Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death provides a posthumous glimpse into a room where poems are knocking inside the walls and the ascending reader floats out into gaps of particulars, particles, and parts—or 'Names you will not recognize' owing to the relentless intercalation of bodiless bodies. Here is spectral evidence to be used in peeling away the argument that we don’t exist. Alternatively, here are “vestments” to clothe that existence, whose character and purpose are repeatedly reshaped atop a discontinuous ridge of occult figuration. Look out for that."
—William Fuller

"In Caryl Pagel’s Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, the act of naming presses out through the body to the natural world rendering the most poignant questions of the book those that concern agency: what happens to self and substance when the demarcation of names transpires. For example, in 'Spirit Cabinet' Pagel writes: 'What I live with in this house is mine I did not make it What did What is mine made me.' Here self is house is language. Such folding and unfolding calls to mind Heidegger’s concept of language-as-house-of-being, where 'In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home.' Occupying the position of both interior and exterior, architect and structure, these poems perform a threshold demonstrating the necessity of what is made possible and impossible—both—through naming’s articulation."
—Karla Kelsey

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