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Our Animal
Meredith Stricker




Omnidawn
2016 • 96 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-019-9



Our Animal haunts the tragic peripheries of World War II, and in doing so touches upon themes central to Jewish culture and literature after the Shoah... [continued in Reviews below]”—Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses,

A collaged novel-in-verse tracing Kafka’s life through the lens of the Other

Our Animal hybridizes novel flaking into poetic forms like a gnat swarm, magnetic filings, or migratory flux. It’s a fierce inquiry into Othering, tracking Kafka’s life through his deep identification with animals, especially those hunted or outcast. Graphically complex with metamorphic text layers, the chapters shape-shift in relation to crows, dragonflies, a frog; there are deer, swallows, a goldfinch, humans, a hybrid Beast, wolf, Insekt, a small unidentified animal in its burrow. We are entangled in biography as biology— paradisiacal transfiguration that leaves out no being.

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Our Animal haunts the tragic peripheries of World War II, and in doing so touches upon themes central to Jewish culture and literature after the Shoah: G-d, diaspora, trauma, memory, testimony, history, and survival. Though he died between the wars, it makes sense that Kafka (so close to kavka, the Czech for crow) is Stricker’s companion animal through the landscape of ‘clotted mud and snow that was wartime,’ given his sensibility attuned equally to devastation and transformation, doubt and faith. Stricker’s ethics is such that the beauty of the writing does not shield us from brutality, instead leading us always ‘further into the dark conveyance beyond imagination.’”—Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses



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MEREDITH STRICKER is an artist, designer, and poet who has published three collections of poetry involving performance, graphic over-lays, and hybrid forms of documentary/lyric. She is co-director of visual poetry collaborative focusing on architecture in Big Sur and projects to bring together artists, writers, musicians, and experimental media.



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