Poems and Texts

Excerpt from Relief Route 599 by Daisy Atterbury

Relief Route 599

I will go pick up the pieces in this text, collect my
calling cards.

I will produce the necessary fictions. The broken
lags. I won’t tarry long away.

The truths of whiteness and girlness and their
modes of circulation, their reifications, their
“decencies”: are truths for a thousand Poems. I
seek something else.

words of joint combat I offer

here, fictions to make truths

I will be agile / can be her / their

my / your / his / our – devil

What’s wanting: always a good old



Daisy Atterbury

Daisy Atterbury is a writer based in Santa Fe and New York. She’s currently working on a project that considers U.S. settler colonial dynamics, soundscapes and the built environment in New Mexico (which includes Outer Space). She co-directs an annual seminar program founded in 2010 to support conversation around aesthetics and politics in northern NM. Her work has engaged audiences through various media formats including film, installation and performance as well as more traditional outlets of production and publication. She received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and she teaches creative writing at Queens College, CUNY.

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