72 pages, 4.5" x 7"
Publication Date: 17 Dec 2016
Slabs is a collection of poetry dealing in and out of the body through various sites including; home, memory, books, and ritual. It is a meditation on self care, sexuality, and identity through a dis/embodied subject in the water, the home, and in the streets. It is a collection of tender sincerities and queer awakening.
Praise for Slabs
Charming the unsayable and perennially undefined briefly into the realm of articulation, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn’s Slabs utilizes "intuitive practice" to unfold an intimate refusal of the limitations of contemporary identity politics, as embodied in its vessel: language. The text weaves together a shifting, shimmering fabric of indissoluble tensions, guided by a profoundly sensual, yet mercurial and frank linguistic intelligence. Fearlessly delicate and tough in its pursuit of the "question / I long after", Slabs alternately satisfies and provokes, as it constructs a bridge between the sacred and the sexual, the mortal and the transcendent; the constantly vanishing figure and its lingering traces.
Avocados, containers, ritual, geraniums—Brittany Billmeyer-Finn’s Slabs is a collection of ephemera that meditates on relationality and possibility. These poems illuminate the “small details of everyday life” and the “seemingly indistinguishable” traces of queer acts in all of their many facets: the nonlinearity of identity, the boundlessness of desire, the intimacy of friendship, and the power of intuition. Billmeyer-Finn’s work is simultaneous, it carries the complexities of overlaps and failure with sincerity and tenderness. “I am totally given over to the slightest gesture,” and I am so thankful for this work.
Cheena Marie Lo
Turn the dial on your metaphysical radio, and slip Brittany Billmeyer-Finn's Slabs under your skin for a spell. This book will spoil you with whispers, to a lover, to a new kind of love in the open field, where failures and gestures excite the Tarot into speech. This can be our queer familiar "continually settling across our legs rushing to put our weight on one another." In Slabs, you come home to blame the moon for everything, the hot and heavy chatter of the geraniums "linking arms and saying no," to crack a voice into "these small details of everyday life.
Brittany Billmeyer-Finn is a queer poet and playwright living in Northampton, MA, where she is an aspiring social worker in the Smith MSW program. Her full length book, the meshes,
written through the filmography of Maya Deren is out from Black Radish Books. In 2015, she directed her first play, the meshes: an iteration in 2 acts
at SAFEhouse Arts in SF. She continues to investigate a queer poetics through an occult lens on various blogs. Her TRACT Slabs
from Timeless Infinite Light is set in pockets, in containers, near water, in the body, and is about queer love.