Material Witness

A series of meditative long poems that ritualize perception as a way of maintaining kinship with the non-human world.



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In Material Witness, the poet as human subject keeps vigil over the material world as the quotidian unfolds. The line between observer and observed blurs as non-human agency reveals itself, its own kind of witnessing. In her long poem “Concerning Matters Culinary” inspired by the first Latin cookbook, Machado activates the living matter of gustatory life with wry humor and subtle critique. Encouraging us to eschew nostalgia for deep presence, Machado’s poems remind us that “experience is phenomenal in its segues.”

ISBN: 9781643622446
Paperback, 80 pages
Publication Date: October 22, 2024

Aditi Machado is a poet, translator, and essayist. Her works include Some Beheadings (2017), a translation from the French of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (2016), and Emporium (2020), a book …

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