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Segue 11: Fall 2013  ||  Susana Case


about the author


Susana H. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology. Her photos have appeared in Blue Hour Magazine, pacificREVIEW, and San Pedro River Review, among others. She is the author of several chapbooks. Her Slapering Hol Press chapbook, The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She authored the books, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions), Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and Earth and Below (Anaphora Literary Press). 4 Rms w Vu is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2014.


about the work


Although I also enjoy writing poetry based upon historical documents, I also mine my own life for material. In a way, the two poems published in Segue fall into a confessional mode. But, ultimately the poems are not detailed logs of real life. A lot of change may take place in the service of the poem, and some aspects of life may need to be written about in a masked way, simply because yes, I am a writer, but I am also a private person. The challenge involves taking biography, but transforming it into art.

“Still Live with Failed Marriage,” for example, is a poem that was generated from the memory of a vacation taken during my first marriage. It was a contentious relationship and though I had the yen to travel, my then-husband didn’t. The agreement that I would learn to drive a stick shift was real, and my failure at learning to do so was also real, but from there, imagination took over.

One thing I was trying to do in this poem is to look at the marriage from my ex-husband’s point of view. I hadn’t done that so much before in the poems that I had written about the relationship. I also wanted to play with the extended metaphor of the car as a representation of the marriage.

“Post-romantic” was another attempt to acknowledge differing points of view. Basically, I started to play with that in these two poems because I was tired of writing solely from my own point of view of the former marriage. My divorce decree really did arrive right before Valentine’s Day. I thought, well, that had to be made useful in some manner.


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