The Cardio Tesseract (poems)
by Amanda Knox & Christopher Robinson
Available 02-29-2020 | 6x9 Paperback | 60 pages
In this intimate and playful collaboration, Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson write alternating love poems in conversation with each other, revealing the dynamics of their private life, their hopes, fears, and dark places, from thoughts of suicide and memories of prison, to dreams of raising children. Love is not static or stable, and in these fluid poems, its evolving and ever-unfinished essence is on full display.
These poems are private, each written only for the other. But it is that very intimacy that makes them so universal. To read them is not so much to be a voyeur, but to become both sides of this spinning coin, to see yourself in a mirror reflecting a mirror. "Love is enough; the rest is complaining," Knox writes. "The two humans in this story," Robinson replies, "looked into their lookers / and said, I see you."
Amanda Knox is an exoneree, journalist, speaker, and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, 2013). Between 2007 and 2015, she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn’t commit. Christopher Robinson is a Boston University and Hunter College MFA graduate, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and a Yale Younger Poets Prize finalist. He is the co-author, with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encylopaedists (Scribner, 2015) and Deliver Us. Amanda and Christopher are madly and proudly in love, to the joy-noyance of their friends and family.
"In exquisite poetic form, The Cardio Tesseract captures the sense of joy present in every encounter with Chris and Amanda, the feeling hanging in the air of how marvelous it is that two such strange and wonderful birds managed to find each other."
-- Phil Klay, National Book Award Winner, Author of Redeployment
"I skipped every poem in Lord of the Rings, but nobody should skip these. What The Cardio Tesseract lacks in swords, halflings, and rangers, it makes up tenfold with an 'oh man they're definitely doing it' vibe that just won't quit. Haddaway asked us, 'what is love?' and here we finally have the answer."
--Jake Pederson, Genghis Khan scholar
"The antecedents of these inflamed couplets, powerful by-products of coitus-interruptus, overwrought yet under-written, half-conceived somewhere between Burning Man and Capitol Hill, forge an inspiring literary legacy, originating near the childhood home of Emily Dickinson, wandering aimlessly into Rod McKuen territory, yet somehow also dancing down the street in front of Kendrick Lamar's house."
-- Tom Wright, producer for Last Flag Flying and Academy Award Nominee Edith and Eddie