The Cardio Tesseract (poems)
by Amanda Knox & Christopher Robinson
02-29-2020 | 6x9 Paperback | 59 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.
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.
"With a formal intelligence and playful fluidity, Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson take their subject--love--at its most grave and most absurd. It's a marvel to watch their minds dance around each other."
--Mary Karr, award-winning poet and bestselling author of The Liars' Club, Lit, and The Art of Memoir.
"For Knox and Robinson, love isn't a question of aesthetics or poses, but a genuine sensation of transcendent fact. And yet they're as self-aware as any verbal sleight-of-handers that language and meaning are slippery adversaries and lovers."
--Tom Sleigh, Kingsley Tufts Award winner, and author of many poetry collections, including Space Walk, Station Zed, and House of Fact, House of Ruin.