ISBN: 9780999719886 (2019)
Jesse Seldess’s third full length collection of poetry, Several Rotations plots an experience through a constellation of questions:
How do we locate and orient ourselves amidst a continuous present of inconspicuously networked devices and “services”? With tracked interests reinforced to impulses through millisecond auctions for ad impressions and “sponsored” content, what are our desires and dreams? With products valued as a function of the strength of the habits they create, where are our values and actions?
Written over several years but at the scale of minutes, Several Rotations is “full of the missing words” for the affects of intersecting and overloading dimensions in a technology-paced, data-saturated context. These poems attempt to slow down, interrupt, reweave, and transform that density into an open and livable “interface.”
Donna Stonecipher calls Several Rotations a ‘majestically sad techno-pastoral, a penetrating inquisition into how selfhood is being transformed by all the modes perpetrated by personal technology. …”Face falling off the edge of the face” is so poignant, why? …Can poets still be “visionaries” when our faces our monetized?’
Jesse Seldess is the author of Several Rotations (Kenning Editions, 2019), Left Having (Kenning Editions, 2011), Who Opens (Kenning Editions, 2006), and several chapbooks. From 2001 to 2012, he edited and published the international journal of writing, music, and performance Antennae, and from 2003 to 2007, he co-curated the Chicago reading and performance series Discrete Series with Kerri Sonnenberg. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.