Julie E. Bloemeke’s first full length collection of poetry is now available for pre-order from Sibling Rivalry Press and will be released March 21, 2020. Find out more by clicking this link to see the press sheet for the collection.
About The Collection
In Slide to Unlock, Julie E. Bloemeke investigates how modern technology redirects our erotic and familial lives, including phones that open with the swipe of a finger and text messages that move the speaker toward startling self-discovery—the “bright trick of letters” that can ignite memory and desire. Each poem explores the sacred and sacrilege within the large and small worlds we navigate—the chimeric ache of a Georgia thunderstorm, the “unseen union” in a Monet painting, a girlhood bedroom in Toledo, a letter secreted in a Paris bookshop—to reveal how digital language and communication, while designed to create intimacy, can leave us adrift. With a lush, hypnotic writing style at once precise and liquid, romantic and ruthless, Bloemeke presents a topography of all the possible ways to carry another person—to “build /the membrane / body ourselves / into each other”—to unlock the lost art of face-to-face connection, and to free ourselves to be “so so bad in how [we] want.”
Is it possible for a lyric poet to bring the rawest complications of the adult heart, an orchestra-conductor’s authority of syntax, a pristinely liberating imagination, and a virtual mixtape’s range of voices, reference, and places together into a single, unified, seemingly narrative, utterly dazzling whole? Julie E. Bloemeke’s Slide to Unlock confirms: it is. – Jane Hirshfield
“Julie E. Bloemeke’s Slide to Unlock is a kind of philosophical love poetry, and in it, the poet locates in the body the satisfactions of the mind: ‘There is no place but here,/submerged, the flower of me,/the flower of you, both coded to open,/but brought instead to salt,/converted to everlasting.’ Lines like these spiral and unwind in Bloemeke’s opus. This is a lovely book. ” – Jericho Brown