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

                   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

ETC            The Poetry Foundation's 2017 Staff Picks | SPD Bestseller List (December)
                   SPD Recommends List (December) | 20 Questions with rob mclennan

POEMS        AnamesaBoog CityEleven ElevenH_NGM_N | Iron Horse Sink Review 
                   Two Serious LadiesThe Volta Yew Journal |Your Impossible Voice

(1913 Press, 2017)
Playing Monster :: Seiche