Ambient Technology by Ashley Obscura
In this passionate sophomore collection of poetry, Ashley Obscura’s poetry explores the function of connection in a post-digital age and how one situates the self and creates meaning within the unions and chasms of our physical, virtual and spiritual selves. Ambient Technology occupies a space that bridges that gap between our visible and invisible worlds, between sentiment and emoji, between the opening and closing of heart matter. With great lust and desire, Obscura unearths something indestructible within ourselves, and lands amongst new tones of being and belonging in the sparkly lining of a too-real world.
Ashley Obscura is a Canadian-Mexican writer, publisher and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections Ambient Technology and I Am Here(Metatron, 2014) and several digital poetry projects, including Museum of Symmetry (National Film Board, 2018). An earlier version of Ambient Technology was shortlisted for Fence’s Modern Poets Prize in 2017 and Obscura was anthologized as one of Canada’s 30 Under 30 poets (With/Words Press, 2017). Her poetry has been anthologized in the United States and translated and published in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Romania. The founder and managing editor of Metatron Press, Obscura currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.