The Possum Codex
Place Published: Salt Lake City, Portland and H
Publisher: Otis Nebula Press
Date Published: 2015
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 44660
SIGNED. 96pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Pictorial wraps.
Signed by Stefene Russell on the half title page. From Otis Nebula Press- "The Possum Codex is the second installment in a Dante-inspired trilogy, following Russell's 2013 chapbook Inferna. Structured in four parts, The Possum Codex is a sort of seasonal long-poem as well as hallucinatory pilgrim's progress undertaken in the Rust Belt landscape of the Middle West, through haunted blue-collar bars and magic circles drawn in overgrown city backyards, with the speaker of the poem bereft of a guide, left only to follow intuition and nature itself, including the sometimes supernatural animal of the title."Russell's language soars and dives, and the rising and falling of so much sheer music is exhilarating. Her seemingly effortless lines are measured human breaths. They're smart and they're felt. Her images are well-honed blades or luxurious blankets; they startle or they comfort—depending." - David Clewell (review of Inferna) Stefene Russell is a St. Louis-based poet, actor, and arts journalist. She is also a member of Poetry Scores, a collective dedicated to translating poetry into other mediums, including visual art, film, and music. Her books include the poem/essay/CD art book Go South for Animal Index (Poetry Scores, 2007) and a chapbook, Inferna (Intagliata Press, 2013)."