Just Buffalo teaching artist AMANDA MONTEI is the editor of the literary journal P-QUEUE, and co-edits Bon Aire Projects with Jon Rutzmoser. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in The Atlas Review, Pinwheel, Joyland, Explosion Proof Magazine, Delirious Hem, and others. Her critical writing has appeared in American Book Review, HTMLGIANT, Performing Ethos, Harriet: The Blog, and Ms. Magazine. She is the author of the poetry chapbook The Failure Age (Bloof Books, 2014) and co-author of Dinner Poems (Bon Aire Projects, 2013). She is currently a PhD student in the English department at the University at Buffalo. Her full-length book Two Memoirs is forthcoming from Jaded Ibis this year.
Written with Jon Rutzmoser
For five months these poets, meeting at their dinner table, have paused to jot down ruminations, and pondering more deeply have withdrawn to their bedroom to limn their dueling/mutual misunderstandings of the eternal questions of love, coexistence, and bodily presence, while never forgetting to eat dinner, their favorite meal.
“This collaboration opens up what the everyday means to two people in love and what every day can be when opened up to the other. We need this.”
—Joe Hall, author of The Devotional Poems
Note from the Author:
When I began these poems I was living in Santa Clarita, a dry over-developed suburb just north of Los Angeles. I was riding the bus a lot. I was a broke graduate student who didn’t have a car (and still am). In Santa Clarita, the buses run few and far between, and it took me about an hour to get anywhere, even if it was a ten-minute drive. So I used to read poetry on the bus . . . I had these beautiful handmade or photocopied chapbooks and magazines I would carry around in my purse and flip through on the bus . . . I constantly had lines coming into my head, and I’d write them in my little notebook….
“Prose poetry or flash fiction? Fairy tale or domestic romance? The 33 short sections of The Failure Age flip through the daily lives of the yearning-to-be-iconic Woman and her violin-eating Husband, with occasional interruptions by Mother. Subtle, sexy, and hilarious by turns.”