After publication of STATEMENT OF FACTS (, the following:

Does Vanessa’s book mean to suggest that rape is largely a socio-economic problem? Does it intentionally, or even unintentionally, tell a story that might leads readers to conclude that rape is largely something poor people, mainly Latinos, do? Is it bad information that might put people at risk? (I am thinking here—does she by presenting only certain legal cases, such as ones that she has been involved with, lead us to think she is saying something larger about rape? Is there a representational question?) ... When a book has complicated content about human beings and its intent is to make a point about genre..., is that ok? Is it ok to use the stories of poor people to make a point about genre?... I at this point need Vanessa to talk some about her intentions, her alliances. Or if not, I just give up.
—Juliana Spahr

No poetry book this year will be more disturbing – upsetting, unsettling – to read than Tragodía – 1: Statement of Facts, by Vanessa Place.... Awful may be just about the only word that comes close to describing what I felt after reading these re-purposed legal statements of facts now called poems. Awful as in ugh and puke grim nausea and what about kindness and exactly how much of this is there in this world and what about tenderness and even just one of these cases, even just one of these assaults, is too many and what the heck will or can change any of this?
—Steven Fama

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