Negotiating With Objects by Lisa M. Cole

Negotiating with Objects was the second-ever winner of the Sundress chapbook contest.

“In Negotiating with Objects, Lisa M. Cole trains her vision on the human body with such intensity and originality that it becomes a wholly new artifact. It is ‘a shaky boat’ and ‘a misguided earth.’ It is ‘an electric chair.’ It is dangerous, the site of pleasure and of brokenness—’a ribbon / wrapped around a bomb.’ Cole reminds us that what makes the body so very precious is its impermanence. ‘What is formless matters less & less,’ she tells us, and with every read, these poems matter more and more.”
-Nick McRae, Sundress Publications Chapbook Contest Judge and Author of The Name Museum