The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground was selected by Forrest Gander as winner of the 2014 Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest. The book is a hybrid of poetry and digital art whose poems erase historical documents related to the development and aftermath of the Pacific War, especially on the island of Okinawa. Erased into poems, these texts become spare narratives of how individual soldiers’ and civilians’ daily lives were transformed by the war. The book’s companion website features each poem as an interactive erasure. Taken together, the poems and their original texts tell a larger story about the ways we imagine war, and the ways language can be used to record, justify, memorialize, or resist it.
The book is available from SPD (Small Press Distribution), Amazon, Powell's Books, and Book Depository. It's also available in Hong Kong at Kubrick Bookstore, Art & Culture Outreach, Growhouse, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Bookstore.
Praise for The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground:
Publisher’s Weekly: ” . . . steady in purpose, cohesive, and surprising . . . an important work.”
Rob McLennan: “There is such a lovely lightly touch across Nogues’ lines and phrases, skipping across the surface of reclaimed text while retaining and repurposing an incredible depth.”
The Found Poetry Review: “One of the major feats of the collection is Nogues’ ability to not only make such powerful work from, sometimes, such austere documents, but also to sequence and create the work with such an eye to using heterogeneous source material…”
Jee Leong Koh at OF ZOOS: “How to matter while you are not able to shelter anywhere between heaven and earth?…this necessary book…lights up the chronic trauma of surviving amid the dead.”
Antony Huen at Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: “[Nogues’s] poetry deserves our best attention.”
Maggie Trapp at Gloom Cupboard: "Nogues reminds us that these are stories that have been manipulated, recast, rewritten, partially forgotten, erased. Nogues’s lines do not seek to paper over these hard truths; rather, her poems remind us that subtexts and rereadings create other stories, new narratives....This collection shimmers."