Diana Arterian

Playing Monster :: Seiche was the Editrix's Pick for the 1913 Press Prize for First Books in 2016. This is a book-length poem weaving many threads, but predominantly childhood experiences with an abusive father and, as an adult, increasingly aggressive acts made toward the speaker's mother by strange men. Playing Monster :: Seiche is a piece of noir poetics. It is memoir. It is documentary.

REVIEWS    Publishers Weekly starred review | In NewPages | In Colorado Review
                   In A Women's Thing

PRAISE       Arterian weaves a family narrative of devastating clarity from letters,
                   found text, memories, and more in her striking debut.
                                                                       Publishers Weekly, starred review

                   Diana Arterian's poetry is shockingly almost-gentle as it speaks about
                   family violence and childhood terror.
                                                                       — Sarah Vap

                   Playing Monster :: Seiche is a devastating classic. It’s like reading a detective
                   story or “thriller” but with real pain, real consequences.
                                                                       — Alice Notley

                   Tender and cruel, the pathos in here animates me and the writing
                   hunts me. And so I gratefully surrender. 
                                                                       — Lily Hoang

                   By looking terror right in the face and saying what she sees, [Arterian] puts
                   it under her power. This achievement, what she does here—it makes other
                   writing seem like child’s play.
                                                                       — Allison Cobb

ETC        The Poetry Foundation's 2017 Staff Picks | SPD Recommends List (December)                SPD Bestseller List (December, February) | 20 Questions with rob mclennan
               "A Dialog on First Books, in Two Parts" with Andrew Wessels at LARB
               "A Force of Nature: Diana Arterian's Playing Monster :: Seiche" at The Poetry
                Foundation | "You Can't Yell at a Hurricane: On Narrative, Power, and
                Restorative Justice" at The Poetry Foundation
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POEMS        Boog CityEleven ElevenSink Review | Two Serious Ladies | The Volta
         Yew Journal | Your Impossible Voice

(1913 Press, 2017)
Playing Monster :: Seiche



These historical and hybrid poems explore the life of Agrippina the Younger and the speaker's attempts to research her life.

POEMS     Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Poetry Foundation,                  PoetryNow, Salt Hill Journal, and forthcoming in Action,                         Spectacle.