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Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson was born in 1985. She lives in London, where she is researching a PhD in Queer Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has completed a BA in English Literature and an...


Sophie Robinson

Foreword by Caroline Bergvall
Afterword by Diane Ward
Cover art by Ken Ehrlich and Susan Simpson
Book 5 of 5, TrenchArt Tracer Series
Poetry | $15.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-10-3
Size: 9.25″ X 4.25″
Pages: 68
Binding: Softcover, Perfect


How do you trace death? What do you make of the useless objects left behind? Conjuring Cage, Stein, and Francesca Woodman, British poet Sophie Robinson documents the detritus of sudden loss. Layering word and image, object and subject, the said with the unsayable, a is, as Caroline Bergvall writes, “[A] work of mourning. Angry, torn, hardly daring to remember”—a textual performance of “love that dares to speak as queer.”

a is published as part of the TrenchArt: Tracer Series, with a Foreword by Caroline Bergvall, an Afterword by Diane Ward, and collaborative visual art by Ken Ehrlich and Susan Simpson. TrenchArt is an annual series of new literature, selected and edited to create a textual conversation between some of the most dynamic and exciting writing today—and tomorrow.

Praise for a

“In image and in language, a contemplates the ghostly interstices that persist when objects lose their handler. […] The goal is not to stave off death but to trace its spreading.”

-Diane Ward

“Although a borders on elegy, it retains an elusive elegance beyond the reach of categorization.”

-Cristiana Baik, Boston Review