Remains to Be Used by Jessica Baran
Jessica Baran’s ekphrastic poems challenge the way we encounter the aural, visual, and textual artifacts of artists and thinkers as varied as Sergio Leone, Lewis Carroll, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, and Hank Williams. Strange and intriguing, Baran is a voyeur who provides heuristic glimpses into new aesthetic experiences. These poems peek into the tangling and untangling complexities of a performance by Bas Jan Ader, a poem by Wallace Stevens, or a video installation by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Baran is as wildly adept in her investigations of the filmic gaze in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as she is in her poetic misprision of Derrida’s Specters of Marx or in her inhabiting of a song by Metallica. REMAINS TO BE USED invites and disorients, changes lenses, and ultimately trespasses the interior worlds of objets d’art. You can order REMAINS TO BE USED through SPD and Amazon.
Jessica Baran is the art writer for St. Louis’s alt weekly, the
Riverfront Times. Her poetry has appeared in BOMB, Harp & Altar, Sink
Review and the Tusculum Review; her art criticism has appeared in Art
in America, Art Papers, BOMB Magazine, TAR and the Village Voice,
among other journals. A hand-printed letterpress chapbook of prose
sonnets, Late and Soon, Getting and Spending, was produced by All
Along Press in 2011. She has curated a number of solo and group
exhibitions that have included work by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Robert
Gober, Kerry James Marshall, Charlotte Posenenske, and Lee Lozano,
among other contemporary artists. With poet Jennifer Kronovet, she
co-curates the fort gondo poetry series.