science fiction fiction
Connie Mae Oliver
ISBN 978-1-949966-88-6 68 pages $16.00
Connie Mae Oliver’s poems hold the moon between thumb and index finger. In her retrospective framework of adolescence, memory’s scaffolds are showing. Thought is spatial; the mall is a circuit where the mind walks around itself and back again. science fiction fiction knows it’s an incomplete record of a disappeared Miami. It’s also a trailer for eternal life as a computer, where we attend to what has passed through us and remains encoded in the obsolete technologies of younger days: “the internet nymphaeum.”
In Connie Mae Oliver’s science fiction fiction, luminous intimacies are drawn across the page—some shifting over a generation, others shifting over an hour—all with the delicacy of clouds rearranging. To read her poems is to hear “something inaudible in the chaos”: the weight of the voice of a friend, sifting through layers of digital mediation; the ecstatic texts of ever-new sensations, ever-receding into the unsaid.
Connie Mae Oliver is a poet and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first book of poems, Cosmos A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan Ann Druyan Steven Soter And Me (Operating System, 2017) is about nuclear disarmament. Her second book, Science Fiction Fiction (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020) is an homage to Miami-Dade County and color photography in the early aughts.