The first publication from Thread Makes Blanket, a small press in Philadelphia, Ultraviolet Catastrophe navigates the effects of the MOVE bombing.
The following is Andrea's introduction to her work:
On Monday, May 13, 1985 at 5:27 pm, The City Of Philadelphia dropped a bomb into a rooftop bunker built by The MOVE Organization at 6221 Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, a row home known to be occupied by men, women and children. As a result, 11 people were killed, including 5 children, 61 homes were destroyed and 250 citizens were left homeless.
The poems included here are culled from a larger work-in-progress, a poetry collection entitled, The Black Body Curve, in which I reflect upon a lost childhood landscape and the social-political and geographical contexts that allowed for this unprecedented event in American history. Also, how issues of language, race, and the conundrum of personal and collective memory vs. the historic record all conspire against a more full understanding of this terrible day.
$7 ($2 from the sale of each book goes to the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA))
chapbook with silkscreen printed cover
5.5 x 8.5"