Karyotype by Kim Trainor

By Kim Trainor

on the middle of Karyotype is the wonderful thing about Loulan, a lady who lived 4 thousand years in the past, her physique preserved within the cool, dry sands of the Taklamakan wilderness. Karyotype’s poems variety from the name series, which explores the DNA and woven textiles of this girl and her vanished humans (a karyotype is the attribute chromosome supplement of a species), to the firebombing of the nationwide Library of Sarajevo, from an abecedarian hymn at the overseas crimson move “Book of property” to the adventure of observing the televised invasion of Iraq at midnight of a Montreal evening. the wonderful thing about Loulan turns into a logo of the ephemerality of human genetic and cultural texts, and of our probabilities for survival.

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