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Via Dissimulata

Marisol Limon Martinez

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isbn: 9780986181108
133 pages

Marisol Limon Martinez
Marisol Limon Martinez is a writer, musician, and visual artist based in New York City. She is the author of Via Dissimulata (Octopus Books), First Space, Then Structures (Nothing Moments Publishing), and After You, Dearest Language (Ugly Duckling Presse) and was co-founder/editor of the newspaper New York Nights. Her nonfiction essay Honorary Men was recently released as a chapbook by Guillotine. Marisol has been a recipient of The Pollock Krasner grant, a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant for an artist’s residency at Women’s Studio Workshop, and a Ford Foundation grant in performing arts. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New York Public Library Print Collection, Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, amongst others. She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College, and studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. After two years of recording and touring internationally as a pianist and back-up vocalist with Scott Matthew, she wrote and recorded her first solo album Autoportrait under the name Marisol Limon. She is part-time faculty in the Department of Visual Arts at the Trinity School where she received a Faculty Travel Grant to research folk music and study Hindustani classical vocals in north India. Marisol exhibits and performs in the U.S. and Europe, and has been a guest lecturer at Brown, The New School (Parsons & Eugene Lang), Columbia University, and Queens College. She is currently working with producer Godfrey Diamond on writing and recording a new album of songs.
Marisol Limon Martinez’s website.



praise for Via Dissimulata

Via Dissimulata is a hauntingly beautiful collection of deep truths and abstract emotions. Be prepared to feel feelings. Take your time. Meditate on every word and image. Savor the experience. You’ll be grateful you did.

—Holly Miranda


Poet, musician, and visual artist Marisol Limon Martinez’s third book, Via Dissimulata, uses the book as a frame & a portal: phrases and images echo, cycle, and stutter as the book-length poem accrues meanings both archetypal and personal—from the wilderness and the rebus to seven pills taken with water. Via Dissimulata explores ideas of the body, family, gender, culture, and speech, how these extend beyond dichotomies into permeable layering of ideas. It integrates visual studies for a five-panel painting that includes the text of the entire poem with poetry that uses the space of the page as another canvas, by turns minimalist and expressionist. Via Dissimulata tracks the tensions between the individual and the metaphysical, with poetry precise as it is harrowing, haunting as it is lovely.


excerpt from Via Dissimulata

Listen to Martinez read from Via Dissimulata here.