What colour is bitcoin?

Pam Brown’s lively new collection
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May 2022, no. 442
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Stasis Shuffle by Pam Brown

Hunter Publishers, $24.99 pb, 108 pp

What colour is bitcoin?

Pam Brown’s lively new collection
by
May 2022, no. 442

The reader of Stasis Shuffle is immediately confronted with the collection’s naming convention. Titles of poems and sections are parenthesised, for example, ‘(best before)’, ‘(weevils)’, ‘(& then). More than simple stylisation, this convention suggests that every poem is a fragment, a meander through consciousness. The first poem, ‘(best before)’, begins ‘liberated / from the drudgery / of usefulness’, a quote from Walter Benjamin. From there, Stasis Shuffle wanders flâneur-style through language, politics, and many different kinds of plant life. The central arc of Stasis Shuffle, however, is its self-consciousness about subjectivity and process. ‘(best before)’ asks ‘is your slowly accreting poem / morphing into a larger cloud yet’? As the collection unfolds, poems begin to comment on themselves and the writing process.

Chris Arnold reviews 'Stasis Shuffle' by Pam Brown

Stasis Shuffle

by Pam Brown

Hunter Publishers, $24.99 pb, 108 pp

Buy this book

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