Inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journal, written at Iowa in the 1940s but only published in the last ten years, A Period of Non-Enforcement is Lindsay Miles’ messy, pagan take on the form. A series of prose poetic fragments, A Period of Non-Enforcement seeks to understand prayer, to engage prayer as both failure and promise, to expand it. Miles, as a person of eclectic and shifting faith, employs various physical, psychic, and literary landscapes in the ongoing production and desecration of doubt. A Period of Non-Enforcement is ultimately beholden to nothing but the language itself.
Lindsay Miles is among the winners of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize. Her work has appeared in Plenitude, The Maynard, Self Care for Skeptics, and Emerge, a Vancouver-based anthology. With a Creative Writing MFA from the University of Guelph, Lindsay is the author of the chapbook Aloha Motel. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Heidi Reszies is a poet/transdisciplinary artist living in Richmond, Virginia. Her visual art is included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts CLARA Database of Women Artists. She teaches letterpress printing at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and is the creator/curator of Artifact Press. Her poetry collection titled Illusory Borders is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2019. Her collection titled Of Water & Other Soft Constructions was selected by Samiya Bashir as the winner of the Anhinga Press 2018 Robert Dana Prize for Poetry (forthcoming in 2019). Find her at heidireszies.com.