In Glass is Glass Water is Water, Rae Gouirand challenges the body of the poem to accommodate maximalist tensions as she names the dangers of figuration, the simultaneities and echoes and hauntings in intimate relationships, the queer bridges between living and ending. What breaks in these poems is not just the line but ‘the word saying itself.’
Rae Gouirand is the author of Open Winter (selected by Elaine Equi for the Bellday Prize for Poetry, Bellday Books, 2011) and Must Apple (selected by T.C. Tolbert for the Oro Fino Chapbook Award, Educe Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared recently in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, diode, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, ZYZZYVA, and many other journals and anthologies nationwide. She leads several longrunning workshops in poetry and prose in northern California and online, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis.