Author Archives: Anne Gorrick

About Anne Gorrick

Anne Gorrick is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of The Olfactions: Poems on Perfume (forthcoming in 2017 from BlazeVOX Books), A's Visuality (BlazeVOX, 2015), I-Formation (Book 2) (Shearsman Books, Bristol, UK, 2012), I-Formation (Book 1) (Shearsman, 2010), and Kyotologic (Shearsman, 2008). She collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists’ book, “Swans, the ice,” she said, funded by the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also co-edited (with poet Sam Truitt) In|Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Writing from the Hudson River Valley (Station Hill Press, 2016). With poet Melanie Klein, she curates the reading series Process to Text, which focuses on innovative writing from in and around New York’s Hudson Valley. She also co-curated the electronic poetry journal Peep/Show with poet Lynn Behrendt (, which is a “taxonomic exercise in textual and visual seriality.” Images of her visual art can be found here: She is President of the Board of Trustees at Century House Historical Society, home of the Widow Jane Mine, an all-volunteer organization ( that hosts a variety of arts events, and preserves the history of the now-defunct local cement industry.

Two Poems -Anne Gorrick


When You Purposefully Corrupt This Game

There is a rumor, an urban myth, a fiction
a fantasy, a black-and-white screen cliché
that love looks like
a mad, romantic dash through airports
for a last chance at a flailing kiss
Or maybe it’s three kids and hundreds of miles and potty breaks and princess pull-ups
Or maybe you just think of central heating and novacane
When You Think of Us, Pray For Us, Hollow Boys

Sam partners up with his future police mentor in 1973
and feels the slight heart attack
when you think you’ve lost your phone
When you think of the long and gloomy history of man
you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience
He may only be 11
but Alexi Caples is already starting to think that his mom might be a vampire

It’s Impossible To Be Unhappy In A Poncho
Recently a friend of mine had something like 200 pictures taken of her
in a lush, green outdoor setting
her long wavy hair framing her deep-set eyes
He’ll never be able to be with her because she’s lost
in this distancing, cinematic wilderness

The good news is bad teams are still trying
The bad news is bad teams are still bad
Also, they make literally everyone else look like 14 times more gorgeous
To say that it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open isn’t entirely correct
The process that produces a sneeze affects many parts of the body
especially on tour
where there are a set of conditions at play
that make crashing the custard truck nearly impossible
I’d estimate that about half of the questions I get
over at Ye Olde Advice Smackdown
these days are about sleep. Sleep and babies
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