Elisa Gabbert, a poet and essayist, is the author of three collections: L'Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems, The Self Unstable, and The French Exit. She is a regular contributor to The Smart Set and writes an advice column for writers, The Blunt Instrument, hosted by Electric Literature. Follow her on Twitter: @egabbert.
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