True To Life: cuttings, mechanics, & modifications by HL Hazuka

Winner of the 2014 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

True To Life: cuttings, mechanics, & modifications by HL Hazuka, selected and introduced by Forrest Gander.

Edition: 500 Copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson.


The wonderful poems of True to Life aren’t nostalgic paeans to cinematography or ekphrastic illuminations, or even records of the experience of watching films. As they call our attention to “how every realism / is a representation,” they become linguistic delivery systems for insights into how now is born.

—Forrest Gander


we have what didn't
make what wasn't
light crawls
what passes over shimmers
in summer
at bird speed
watch the cloud
climb the mountain
this aspect
king's wood
thicket's tricket
your green blinds me over

                   —from Emily Richardson's film Aspe

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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