author’s note: “frottuer 0” is the final edition to a sequence of poems included in Death Industrial Complex, a long poem meditation on the work of photographer Francesca Woodman. Woodman’s own work blends themes of spirituality and female subjectivity as presented through Woodman’s self-portraits, which are themselves a fascinating mixture of contemporary fashion and Victorian spirit photography. In homage to Woodman’s use of long exposure and blurred lenses, “frottuer 0” bends, dissolves, disappears, and otherwise possesses the haunted quality of being via non-being, or borderlessness.
Candice Wuehle lives in Gunnison, Colorado where she is a lecturer of English at Western Colorado University. She is the author of Death Industrial Complex (Action Books, 2020) and BOUND (Inside the Castle Press, 2018) as well as several chapbooks. Her writing has appeared in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, Tarpaulin Sky, The Volta, The Bennington Review, and The New Delta Review. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas.