Sina Queyras

if you open your mouth, ache.


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Boston Review posts Manual for Remembering

When in doubt, wear lipstick. Also, carefully evaluate ventilation, cables, connectors. Work as closely as possible to the area where remembering is being performed. Apply shades evenly, keep a fresh tube of Chanel on hand.

Use only double insulated gloves. Steel-toed boots. Be sure all ideas are grounded, all equipment disconnected before service. If using auxiliary power be sure to use skin protection of SPF 90 or higher. Do not remember in a windstorm, or heavy rains.

For chance encounters, touch the back of her knee.

Never touch the knee with an electrode. Never lift a memory with a body attached. Lightly apply scent before leaving the house, understand that the past is an aphrodisiac: always keep it upright, out of inclement weather, away from all explosives or corrosives, chained to a firm support. 

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Talking with Mark Medley

 May 6, 2014 7:00 AM ET

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It should come as no surprise that Queyras is critical of her own work, considering that, despite her insistence that she’s “not really a critic,” she has evolved into one of the country’s loudest critical voices, with a platform to match. Although describes herself as an “extremely lone wolf,” Queyras remains one of one the most visible figures in Canadian poetry and “an indispensable presence in North American poetry,” according to an email from Don Share, editor of the influential journal, Poetry.

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