An essay in the form of a building
by Karinne Keithley

MONTGOMERY PARK, or OPULENCE is an essay in the form of a building, a performance text in the form of a series of tales out of the archive of a fictional asylum, stories of combination with forms of consciousness beyond the human varieties.

"Keithley erodes, through stunning diction and unconventional syntax, our comfort with language. In Montgomery Park, she describes a painting that 'continually interrupts itself.' This is apropos of the language laid bare throughout the entire work, stripped of its decoration and of its decorum, to reveal the rudimentary architecture, the humanity we rarely acknowledge. There is an ethics in doing so, of course. Her writing is vital and unnerving, a lesson in the varieties of awareness the human animal can achieve."

--Gregory Pardlo

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