M.A. (California, Davis)
Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist. She also specializes in ecopoetics, 20th and 21st Century poetry and poetics, and contemporary nonfiction. She is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), with a third book Gentlewomen forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Seneca Review, and other journals. Currently she is working on a book about indeterminacy, attraction, and plant thinking.
She is Associate Professor of Poetry Writing and a Keeler Intra-University Professor conducting research on trauma and healing in the School of Social Welfare. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence.
More information and links to recent publications can be found at www.megankaminski.com
Poetry writing, poetics, ecopoetics, and nonfiction
Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015)
Deep City renders the city and the body as architectures in crisis. The poems explore the city and suburbs as container and contents of collective memory and investigate how space shapes the body/ how we create space. They examine language and identity in the pathology of late capitalism, with its unaffordable housing, healthcare, and educational systems, exploitive labor practices, and continuous violence on its citizens. Deep City captures city as site for these myriad interactions, locating the body in space in relation to people, animals, architectures, and technologies. The city also becomes site to explore the self in relation to its urban exteriority, working to question the limits of the construction of self and subjectivity. Riffing on themes of urban decay, suburban housing developments, and the works of Julia Kristeva, Young Jeezy, and Honoré de Balzac, Deep City explores what happens when narrated identity becomes both essential and unbearable.
In Deep City Megan Kaminski continues her role as cartographer of desire, of longings both “feudal,” futile, and refined. Her delicate poems loiter at the intersection of bodies and letters (both alphabetic and epistolary), where objects and imagination collude. Kaminski’s poems beautifully illustrate how our sense perceptions insistently puncture through even the most rational arrangement. Deep City—not so much a place as a literary pleasure.
She writes, “what if I split it open / melon ripe and red / let them all out” but there is no “what if” about it as these beautiful poems dispatch us around the world where everyone awaits. The vivid reimagined anatomy of the page in Megan Kaminski’s brilliant Deep City is host to the unexpected “slide from languid to louche” listening with our enthusiastic ears. You will be wild about this book with me!
Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012)