Diana Arterian

Playing Monster :: Seiche was the Editors' Selection 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 The Hopkins 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, ★ 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

ESSAYS &         "A Dialog on First Books, in Two Parts" with Andrew Wessels at LARB
"Poetry Can Handle This: Poetics of Radical Exposure" with Natalie
                        Eilbert at LitHub | "The Work, the Edit, The Water: Coming to Terms
                        With Editing Out" at The Poetry Foundation | "You Can't Yell at a
                   Hurricane: On Narrative, Power, and Restorative Justice" at The Poetry                         Foundation

ETC        The Poetry Foundation's 2017 Staff Picks | SPD Recommends List (December)                SPD Bestseller List (December, February) | 20 Questions with rob mclennan
               "A Force of Nature: Diana Arterian's Playing Monster :: Seiche" at The Poetry

POEMS        Boog CityEleven ElevenSink Review | Two Serious Ladies | The Volta
         Yew Journal | Your Impossible Voice

(1913 Press, 2017)
Playing Monster :: Seiche


An Allegory

This manuscript circles around the life of Agrippina the Younger, known for murdering, seducing, and manipulating her way into the most powerful position possible for a woman at the time: Empress of the Roman Empire. The work involves historical poems as well as hybrid pieces regarding the speaker's attempts to learn more about Agrippina's life through travel and research. This manuscript was recently named a finalist for the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize.

EXCERPTS    Black Warrior Review | BOMB | The Poetry Foundation                          PoetryNow | Salt Hill Journal | Action, Spectacle