Gesture Press & Journal

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GESTURE IS A FEMINIST PRESS WITH AN ANARCHIST BUSINESS MODEL.

WE CARE ABOUT PUBLISHING WORK THAT WE ACTUALLY GIVE A SHIT ABOUT.

SO THAT’S WHAT WE DO.

WE PUBLISH WORK THAT WE GIVE A SHIT ABOUT.

NUFF SAID.

REMNANTS by Ariella Ruth

Gesture Press is thrilled to release Ariella Ruth’s delicious chapbook, REMNANTS. In this chapbook, Ruth calls a seance and brings back “Barbara Allen” to life from the dust skin of fresh plucked raspberries to recover, revisit, and reimagine this undying muse.

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EARLY PRAISE FOR REMNANTS

“Ariella Ruth notes ‘love is birth’ and, in that spirit, gathers seemingly small details to illuminate the unspoken mysteries we sense all around us but aren’t ourselves certain how to look at in order to see.”

  —AMY KING

“‘Barbara Allen (Bonny Barbara Allen, Barbary Allen, Barbary Ellen)’ is the best known of the Child Ballads. Hundreds of versions have been collected. The earliest mention we have of it is in Samuel Pepys’s diary of January 1666. She has been a hard-hearted tavern girl, a witch, and a mistress of Charles II. In some versions, she laughs at her spurned lover’s corpse and walks off into an unknown fate; in one version, she accuses her doomed suitor of wanting not her beauty but her dowry. In most, she dies of remorse soon after him and asks to be buried by his side; then her heart grows a briar and his a rose, and the two entwine. That is where Ariella’s verses end. They are between a death and the making of a daughter, a woman, oneself. She’s unstuck, not unkind, unafraid. Her focus is at once minute and panoramic. It’s an open-ended situation. We need that now. Poets instantiate freedom. We go with Ariella in a cold place, sweet New England. The light changes. There are flowers, fireplaces, hands, and rain. Light, the first word, recurs, once by the sea, which might be an interior, and as in the ballad, a bell tolls.”

–STEVEN TAYLOR