Touch to Affliction

Open Letters reviews three Coach House titles

By Adam Golaski
Open Letters Monthly
May 2007

Three from Coach House Books

Adam Golaski

Nathalie Stephens

Touch to Affliction

Christian Bök

Crystallography

A. Rawlings

Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists

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InkNoire blog reviews Touch To Affliction

By Aaron Tucker
InkNoire
April 27, 2007

It is fitting that Stephen’s book opens with the looping and layered string quartet of Gorecki’s “Already It is Dusk” as Touch to Affliction applies the same sonic qualities, the repetition of notes, staffs, phrases, words, woven on top of and into each other. The poetry here is a music stripped of the ideal of the pop chorus as the anchor of a song.

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Lemon Hound and Touch To Affliction shortlisted for Lambda Literary Awards

Two Coach House titles, Lemon Hound by Sina Queyras and Touch To Affliction by Nathalie Stephens, have been named finalists for the 19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the category of lesbian poetry.

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Touch To Affliction reviewed by Verse Magazine

By Meg Hurtado
Verse Magazine
online edition

Touch to Affliction by Nathalie Stephens. Coach House Books, $16.95.

Reviewed by Meg Hurtado

With Touch to Affliction, Nathalie Stephens explores the poet-as-trespasser. Her speaker wanders through a world to which she clearly feels entitled (she intimately references the train stations and street corners of this poetically consecrated world).

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Xtra! reviews Touch To Affliction

By Sandra Alland
Xtra!
December 7, 2006

Nathalie Stephens has published two books this year: the English auto-translation of Je Natahanael (BookThug; $15) and Touch To Affliction (Coach House; $17). These aren't collections of poems so much as poetic books. In some ways, each book continues where the last one ended, creating a cumulative narrative.

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Nathalie Stephens interviewed by The Danforth Review

Nathalie Stephens, virtuoso writer of Touch To Affliction and Paper City, was recently interviewed by The Danforth Review, with whom she spoke about her latest two books.

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Coach House Fall Launch a Smash Success

Coach House Books' Fall Launch at Revival on October 24 was a great success. Coach House launched four of its fall books: Touch To Affliction, The River of Dead Trees, King and, released earlier this year, Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture.

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