In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy
Author: Marjorie Welish
Publisher: Coffee House Press (2012)
In her new collection, painter, poet, and critic Marjorie Welish presents two books in one. “In the Futurity Lounge” may be read as that de-centered laboratory of the modern futurity lounge where experimental works are in a constant state of being constructed. Her poems are written across, through, and at the expense of urban sites, themselves part architecture, part language, including Roebling’s Aqueduct, Wright’s Falling water, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line, and Rem Koolhaas’s student center at Illinois Tech. “Asylum for Indeterminacy” is an extended zone of research devoted to translation constructed freely from a few given words from prior translations. Baudelaire’s “Correspondences” is the provocation.