REVERSE ENGINEER by Kate Colby
published October 2022
perfect bound trade paperback
9 x 6 inches, 71 pages
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Praise for REVERSE ENGINEER
Informed by contemporary physics and by epistemology, Reverse Engineer is a book about what defies description and eludes understanding. Kate Colby acknowledges this conundrum. Thinking about the self and the universe, we tie ourselves in knots. A poem may be such a knot—or so Colby suggests: “A poem’s a Rube Goldberg doo- / hickey to elicit a flicker—I die / while I’m writing , if as yet not / of it.” I think I will always remember these lines, this flicker.
—Rae Armantrout, author of Finalists
Reverse Engineer is full of daisy-chained aphorisms apophatically accounting for what thinking is like (“a simile works / like this”), extending beyond sense so that sensation gets severely enjambed, and I get to feeling , “I am what’s needed / of my own erasure.” I love how Kate Colby’s poems hurt “me.”
—Aditi Machado, author of Emporium