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 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 Bestseller List (December,
                   February) | SPD Recommends List (December) | "A Dialog on First Books,
                   in Two Parts" with Andrew Wessels
| 20 Questions with rob mclennan

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

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