Monthly Archives: April 2013

A snowball in the muck

…and many more Maggie Nelson gems, at About Creativity: “Shifting genres has been helpful; so has asking the question, “Can I do X?” For example, I wrote little lyric poems for many years, then, when approaching my book Jane: A Murder, I started asking: Can a collection of little lyric poems tell, or at least contain, […]

Narrative and Crime, by Raymond McDaniel

Narrative and Crime, by Raymond McDaniel A review of Jane: a murder in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2005. Interesting take on the process of writing and reading Jane and the success of the ‘hybrid’ format.

The Problem with Documentary Poetry, by Aisha Down

The Problem with Documentary Poetry, by Aisha Down This is an interesting essay which explores two very different documentary poems and discusses ‘atrocity’ in documentary poems and the implications of how this atrocity is rendered poetically.  

“I make one ima…

“I make one image—though ‘make’ is not the right word; I let, perhaps, an image be ‘made’ emotionally in me and then apply to it what intellectual & critical forces I possess—let it breed another, let that image contradict the first, make, of the third image bred out of the other two together, a fourth […]

Ordinary Language

I am perhaps unduly pleased with myself for having tracked down an interview with Maggie Nelson that isn’t yet listed on our totally impressive Reviews and Interviews page. In her interview with the poet H.L. Hix, Nelson speaks about ordinary language; taking liberties with her aunt’s diary; and us (sort of): “I’ve heard that some […]

See :: multimedia documentary poetry

Multimedia documentary poetry, and the regular kind, too. Check out In Verse here, here, and here: And for all you list-lovers out there, HERE (and copied below) is a list of documentary poems, compiled by Jena Osman: Charles Bernstein, “Standing Target,” Sentences my father used Daniel Bouchard, “Wrackline” Kamau Brathwaite, Trench Town Rock David Bromige, My […]

Reviews of Jane: a murder on goodreads

Reviews of Jane: a murder on goodreads I couldn’t find many book reviews for Jane: a murder besides the ones already listed in our syllabus, so I thought I’d post a link to the ones I found on good reads. It’s interesting to read a cross section of reviews and to compare your own reading […]