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. This manuscript was recently named a finalist for the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, and given Honorable Mention by Claudia Rankine for the AWP Donald Hall Prize.

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