by Daniela Olszewska
Citizen J hides in underground forests, worries that her toasters are miked, finds bombs in unusual places, tries her hand at piloting and cowboy human resources. She marries twelve husbands, marries twelve wives. In this series of interconnected poems, reminiscent at once of Heather Christle and John Berryman, Olszewska's everywoman hero moves across a landscape that might be America re-imagined as a post-Soviet state: surreal, contradictory.
PRAISE FOR CITIZEN J:
"'Stylishly gun powdered' and slickly political, Olszewska's addictive poems are fast, fidgety, and charmingly noirish."
—Robyn Schiff, author of Revolver and Worth
"This is adventure "full of epicene or hemlockery" going for broke, winning among the minefields along the way."
—Amy King, author of I Want to Make You Safe and co-editor of the PEN Poetry Series
ABOUT DANIELA OLSZEWSKA:
Daniela Olszewska is the author of three collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee From The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), and Citizen J (Artifice, 2013). She sits on Switchback Books' Board of Directors and teaches writing in prisons and community colleges throughout Chicagoland. She now lives and writes under the name Daniela Czarny.
Publication Date: September 2013