June 1, 2009
Cara Benson edits the online journal Sous Rature. Her book (made) is forthcoming from BookThug.
Swim by Marianne Apostolides
If ever there was a feminist beach read, Swim is it. Get ready for a Lacanian submersion in language as a swimming narrator seeks through strokes and breath a metaphor for her failing marriage. As slippery as water is the chronology as story surfaces and dialogue - did someone say that? - folds in the waves of the lines. Subconscious rises at great risk. Birth, betrayal, bite. Consider yourself warned.
1-blush astonish surrender pulsing count laps
3-rolled over to hug my partner
4-cause you to count your breathing
5-swims [I know it’s obvious, but boy…
7-“Shush, she’d say, then read a story - spoken, soothing - the words not grasped as logic - discrete, defined - but rather as sound with rounded intention - offered as maternal/love, directly onto the body.”