Elisa Gabbert is the author of The French Exit; L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems; The Self Unstable; The Word Pretty, the latter three published by Black Ocean. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, A Public Space, Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, Guernica, the Harvard Review, and Threepenny Review, among other publications. She lives in Denver. Follow her on Twitter: @egabbert and find more at http://www.elisagabbert.com/
Gabbert strikes a perfect balance between heart and head, between cleverness and earnestness, between language that demonstrates its own fallibility and language that is surprisingly, perfectly precise.
. . . smart and philosophically dexterous, capable of showing the self to be a fetish-object of its own and also a refractive subject of Lacanian devotion, as a mirror which doesn’t so much distort as endlessly ‘reveal,’ like the panopticon eye of a camera.
. . . the dispassion about the self allows the writer to enact a number of equally lovely sleights of hand . . . Even while the author is drawn to image and reason, she is also in love with the vanishing point, where all perspective is ecstatically compressed into a single node.
—Gently Read Literature