I did some research on how the vertical slash was used in different contexts, and fell in love with the Sheffer stroke. ...more
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Ellene Glenn Moore discusses her debut poetry collection, HOW BLOOD WORKS.
Tags: A Light in the Attic, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, Ariel Francisco, At the Bottom of the River, Athena Dixon, Beth Ann Fennelly, childhood trauma, COVID, COVID-19, David Hassler, ekphrasis, ekphrastic, ekphrastic poetry, Ellene Glenn Moore, Emma Trelles, florida, Green Writer’s Press, How Blood Works, hybrid, hybrid genre, jamaica kincaid, James Wright, John D'Agata, John James Audubon, Josef Albers, Julie Marie Wade, Kent State University Press, landscape, Lia Purpura, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, lydia davis, lyric essay, Mary Oliver, memory, MFA, pandemic, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, poems, poetry, prose poem, prose poems, Richard Blanco, s.e. smith, Sally Wen Mao, shel silverstein, The Dark Edge of the Bluff, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Next American Essay
I hope, by writing this, language can jar a wound. ...more
Tags: A Lover’s Discourse, A Mother Is an Intellectual Thing, A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity, Barthes, California, Camera Lucida, childhood trauma, daughters, Derrida, divorce, Elaine Scarry, Exchanges on Light, family, family trauma, Frankenstein, Gabriel Mott, Happily, husbands, husbands and wives, imagination, Jacques Roubaud, Kimberly Grey, lucie brock-broido, Lyn Hejinian, lyric essay, lyric essays, magritte, marriage, Mary Ruefle, Mary Shelley, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Ohio, Pacific Ocean, paintings, philosophy, relationships, Roland Barthes, Roubaud, Systems for the Future of Feeling, The Body in Pain, The Opposite of Light, trauma, visual art, Wallace Stevens, wives
In other words: Larusso does some remarkably heavy lifting in this book. ...more
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Laurel Nakanishi discusses her debut poetry collection, ASHORE.
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Jessica Lind Peterson discusses her debut essay collection, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER.
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses her new book, THE FREEZER DOOR.
Tags: A Childhood Biography of a Place, alienation, Begin Again, bodies, Book Club, Bruno Lloret, childhood abuse, childhood trauma, community, COVID-19, David Wojnarowicz, desire, Eddie Glaude, Elissa Washuta, Entering Sappho, gentrification, hybrid genre, LGBTQ, Loneliness, lyric essay, Makenna Goodman, mattilda bernstein sycamore, memoir, pandemic, queer, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Dowling, Seattle, Semiotexte, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, The Freezer Door, The Rumpus Book Club, The Shame, trauma, trauma writing, White Magic, writing process
“I don’t think I know how to write if I’m not guided by sound—that’s when it feels like I’m flailing or straining.”
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Heather Christle discusses her debut work of nonfiction, THE CRYING BOOK.
Tags: archival research, archives, autotheory, Bas Jan Ader, Bill Cassidy, Bomani Moyenda, Brexit, catapult, Christina Sharpe, crying, Dan Sinykin, depression, Gabrielle Civil, gender inequality, gender roles, Heather Christle, Heliopause, John Crawford, John Crawford Jr., Kew Gardens, language, Lucille Clifton, lyric essay, Marika Cifor, Michelle Caswell, misogyny, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, mutter museum, nonfiction, poems, poetry, research, sexism, Silas Weir Mitchell, The Crying Book, The Difficult Farm, The Trees The Trees, virginia woolf, What Is Amazing, William Carlos Williams
Trisha Low discusses her new book-length essay, SOCIALIST REALISM.
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Erica Trabold discusses her debut essay collection, FIVE PLOTS.
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Perched on the shoulders of generational trauma sit these two theses: suffering begets cruelty begets suffering begets cruelty, and pain is empathy’s catalyst. ...more
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A first day means there was a never-day. ...more
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Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her “poet self” who always bleeds through, and what she’s writing about next.
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John D’Agata, visionary champion of the essay and master anthologizer, sees the lyric form “partake of the poem in its density and shapeliness, it’s distillation of ideas and musicality of language.” He also sees it as unbound to conventional notions of truth. Writing for Harper’s, Elaine Blair critiques the genre-bending, exploratory practices of writers like David Shields, […]