Diana Arterian
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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 Colorado Review

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

                   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

POEMS      AnamesaBoog CityEleven ElevenH_NGM_N | Iron Horse Sink Review 
                 Two Serious LadiesThe Volta  | Yew Journal | Your Impossible Voice
    
PLAYING MONSTER :: SEICHE
(1913 Press, 2017)
Playing Monster :: Seiche

PLAYING MONSTER :: SEICHE  TRAILER

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

POEMS     BOMB, Black Warrior Review