Rachel Levitsky (b.1963) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in New York, NY. Levitsky is engaged in poetry, prose, teaching (Pratt Institute) and the public event through the lens of politics, feminism and queerness and an emphasis on the present.
Her publications include Bloodflames Revisited, Poem and Performance commissioned by Brooklyn Rail and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (2014); Former Islands with artist Susan Bee, Heliopolis Gallery, Greenpoint, NY (2014); and The Story of My Accident Is Ours, New York: Futurepoem Books (2013). She is also the founder of Belladonna* Collective.
Her awards and residencies include Artist Residency, Some Serious Business, Tuscany, Italy (2016); Velvetpark’s Top 25 Queer Women of 2015; and Kickass Press Award, VIDA Women in Literary Arts (2015). Levitsky holds a B.A. in History summa cum laude and an M.A. in American Social History from SUNY at Albany. Levitsky also holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, Boulder, CO.
hedging bets. against loving a mother
sexy mom horrified she had a fat ass
resist telling this / ruth’s ongoing mother chest
dad now dead / speaks. he and i tussle
whether i can write or not.
not ‘hemingway’ or a genius.
abandon stories the past. not something special.
the refugee is me / not me. [peter: jew / not jew]
i can’t find out later! yet a memoir! i vaguely remember bits and pieces / i like
this beginning. this manner of just telling.
nothing overly fancy and overreaching no lush painful sentences. sentences
just the same…in weird couplet form…holding to the position of
poet more than poem. a problem holding on, believing in the effects of accretion. i think-feel need to tell my lover wait i need the ongoing story wait i need
our conversation / to accrue / i will lose sense of myself / i will forget what i have written i / have been trying to collect a life, over and over again no
witness / no / i won’t make you. let slow cactus grow. menopausal
and continuously wet. corita’s painting of nin.
going in to come out.