But to become a writer I needed at least to learn about my own superstitions. I needed space in the house to sketch with words. I needed to commit heresies. And those acts had to feel pleasurable....more
So much of politics is symbolic speech in the service of the syncopations of the lives we actually live. But the ways we gather to vote is with our bodies. It’s the dance that goes along with those rhythms....more
All that floated there was the mystery. In the presence of all that, I discovered too that there are mysteries residing in the consciousness of my own mind that I don’t want to get out of the way of....more
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Justin Wymer, a native of West Virginia, holds degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has received fellowships from the Harvard Office for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute, and the University of Iowa, as well as a Rockefeller International Experience grant. His poems and translations have appeared in Atlantean Poets, Beecher's, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Lana Turner, Nat. Brut, Souvenir, THRUSH, and elsewhere.