-This astonishing young poet--still in her twenties--is surely destined to be one of the crucial voices of her generation.---Michael Silverblatt, BookwormComposed in the direct, accessible, consciousness-piercing style readers of Ariana Reines' first two books are wildly enamored of, Mercury comprises a group of long poems. These interlocking works speak to the substance and essence of what is said, transmitted, transacted, -communicated- between persons. Reines proposes that substance and essence are opposites, and explores this in contexts including commercial cinema and internet porn.Your music makes me feel lonelyYour music makes me feel lonelyYour musicMakes me feel lonelyPicking a lemonLate at nightMy heart tightensI fear natureYour music makes me feel lonelyI must be responsible for itI'm aliveI have this hair helmet onI'm so aliveI say yes to the megaplexYou say it's awful isn't it awfulI say yeahSo what. Something sentimentalThis placeI agreeHugeWe're gonna go into the movie. . .The day is long eughThe day is long eughThe day is so long eugh To contain all this and more
Ariana Reines is author of The Cow (2006) and Coeur de Lion (2007). Her play Telephone was produced at the Cherry Lane Theater and won several Obie awards. Reines was 2009 Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California Berkeley; she has taught master classes at Pomona College, the University of California Davis, and the University of Pittsburgh.