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About the Book:
In One Version of the Story, is a lyric exploration of the ways human beings confront desire, loss and absence by creating stories. Its narrative situation begins with from the French folk legend of “l’Inconnue de la Seine”—the unidentified young woman who drowned herself in Paris in the 1880s, and whose (unauthorized) death mask was eventually cast as the face of Resusci-Anne CPR training dummies—but eventually the book encompasses a chronicle of personal loss, a history of photography, a study of the mechanics of breathing, and a solo climb to the rim of a Mediterranean volcano. The book is a hybrid of narrative history, lyric meditation, and journalistic investigation, often implicating the speaker (and reader) in the act of mythmaking itself. It is story-making itself which is interrogated here, however the book seeks not to recreate narratives, but rather to understand why they matter—why and how we give them the meaning that we do.
About the Author:
Chuck Carlise was born in Canton, Ohio, on the first Flag Day of the Jimmy Carter Era and has lived in a dozen states and two continents since. He is the author of the collection, In One Version of the Story (New Issues, Editor’s Choice 2016), and the chapbooks, A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs (Concrete Wolf 2011) and Casual Insomniac (Bateau 2011). He has been the recipient of the InPrint/Paul Verlaine Poetry Prize, the C.T. Wright Poetry Prize, six Pushcart Prize nominations, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, and was anthologized in Best New Poets in both 2012 and 2014. His poems and essays appear in Southern Review, Pleiades, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He completed his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in 2012, and currently lectures on writing and cultural studies at UC-Santa Cruz.