The earnest voice misspeaks, as does the speaker of these poems-often. All things made of language "are interactive objects discolored by the touch of people's hands." Of Covenants considers the ways we name and structure experience, creating contracts through our legal, religious, and linguistic systems until we are caught in a web of shifting signification, a system in which we "submit to consensus" but "did not participate in the building of this consensus.
Originally from Wautoma, a small town in central Wisconsin, C. Kubasta graduated from Wells College, when it was still a women's college, and the University of Notre Dame with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is the author of several chapbooks, the poetry collection All Beautiful & Useless, and the novella Girling. She lives, teaches, and writes in Wisconsin where she is often inspired by the rural, the bodies we inhabit, the subtexts of relationships & our selves.
"C. Kubasta, please don't take offense as we make reference to, ahem, country music in reviewing your fantastic new collection, Of Covenants. The plainspoken, country-road cadence and homespun themes lean to AM, not FM, and yet the words, sounds, and rhythms are high-beam, A-team poetry." ----Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews
"That Kubasta's poems break the contracts they make--stealing instead of citing source material, for instance--is, as Eliot might quip, pure genius! Tradition, move over and make room for a brilliant new talent." ----Cynthia Hogue, author of Revenance.
"These poems are experienced; they are, in fact, assemblages of experience: of autobiography, of research, of citation--or the effacement of such accounting, and thereby reminds us that every memory system is also a system of forgetting. Every confession a potential excuse." ----Jeffrey Pethybridge, author of Striven, The Bright Treatise