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Awesome Camera by Laura Goldstein

978-0981596273 | 2014 | $16 | Buy Now

What an awesome camera Laura Goldstein wields! This one captures “not errors but eros” and deploys “a language longing on its own.” Walking through the front lines of the anthropocene wars, Goldstein presents micro-scenarios with macro-significance: we get a glimpse of “a night watchman [who] fits his feelings into a contract,” as if that’s the only way we have left to process feelings. Existence reduced to an economic algorithm—”on one hand a problem another a salary”—surely there’s more to us than that! Isn’t there? Isn’t there? Goldstein’s camera may show us darkness, but we never forget that both poems and cameras need light to operate.

— Jay Besemer (author of Telephone)