Betsy Fagin is a New York-based writer. She conspires with everything that is to make sense of place—this particular urban context within a multidimensional physical reality—without limiting the intricacies and complexities of our relationships as sentient, interdependent beings. Her book publications include
the science seemed so solid (2011); Poverty Rush (2011); Belief Opportunity (2008); Rosemary Stretch (2006); and For every solution there is a problem (2003). Her journal publications include Critical Quarterly (2012); The Brooklyn Rail (2012); Upstairs at Duroc (2012); The Recluse (2011); and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (2010).
Fagin has been invited to perform at The Poetry Project, NYC (2012), Zinc Bar, NYC (2011), City University of New York Graduate Center, NYC (2011), and Sycamore, NYC (2011). She received her B.A. from Vassar College, M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.
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Two poems from the manuscript Graceful Degradation
yarrow stalk oracle
waking magnetic, dashed
from lightning: air behaving as fire.
wolf into dog, intoxicant night blind
to all minor infractions
ruled approach swift, resolute.
deceptively involved form
disengaged, balance debased,
rebalanced to a foundling situation of
irradiated joy. palpable harmony’s raw
atmospherics’ central design.
not an error of the oracle
well water joined freezing to rise up
as island. forbid pleasure-indulged
pain: thorned, barbed– blurred, lost.
ignited to receive and inflict. eating
through constellations reignites the
brilliantly vicious. torment bound to-
morrow morning’s slippery infiltration:
multiverse expands. if a bond of live
exists, no distance keeps. captivated
by a flat land incapable of more.