how do I net thee is a diagram of a voice drawn through lyric, visual, and prose poems threading schisms within a family, within a society brutalized by racial tensions, and within the space crossed in the transition from fertility to its loss.
Praise for how do i net thee
“how do i net thee asks Shira Dentz in her brilliant new book. Cast across the turbulent sea of language, these poems bring back to us a medley of phrases, voices that capture an ecstatic, coruscating world of trauma, loss & retrieval. Here is the Book of Anger in the shape of a dog; a vagina with three white waterfalls; the heel of an echo that soars on falcon wings. Following in the footsteps of her great precursors, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Rich, Dentz’s luminous poems reveal to us a woman s secret language from a mouth inside herself. Read them!” –L.S. Asekoff
“Language whips around wildly but wisely in Shira Dentz s latest collection. Seamlessly blending the vernacular with the erudite, she echoes her dynamic phrasings with dynamic typography, and yet what accrues, above all, throughout the book is a sense of her profound engagement with the world. The book is aloft by principle, and alive with it.” –Cole Swenson
About the author
Shira Dentz is the author of four full length books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diálogos, forthcoming), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing appears widely in venues such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Brooklyn Rail, NPR, and Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Shira was Drunken Boat’s Reviews Editor from 2011–2016, and is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky Magazine.