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Early poem from self-published book

Perhaps, in your Maggie Nelson research, you’ve stumbled upon one of the rare references to her first book of poems, Pacific, which Nelson self-published in 1995.  When I asked her about it via email, she replied, “It was just a DIY labor of love.  I made it myself, no one published it. Poetry people told […]

Group photo of our class with Maggie Nelson

Limitations, Constraints, and False Barriers

We began the term reading Maggie Nelson’s essay “Writing With, From, and For Others” (Tin House blog, Oct. 30, 2012) and explored the idea of “leaning against” another text or some other artifact in our writing.  As we close the term exploring Nelson’s early published work, two chapbooks titled Not Sisters and The Scratch-Scratch Diaries, […]

The Climate of the Times

1998 cover of Time Phyllis Chesler’s response to article “Except for Joan of Arc and Anne Frank, the thoughts of teenage girls have rarely been taken seriously.” –Ann Magnuson.  When Not Sisters came out, young feminists/queers outside the academy were told by the culture and the media that there was nothing left to fight […]

Bookworm Episode Featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles

Here is a link to a KCRW Bookworm episode hosted by Michael Silverblatt featuring Maggie Nelson and Eileen Myles discussing Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions.  What I find particularly interesting is near the end of the conversation when Myles comments on Nelson’s work and her versatility as a writer. Bookworm episode featuring […]

Nelson’s Intellectual Discovery is Now In Prose

This interview, which never made into an anthology about poets and sisterhood, has immense depth, intimacy and clarity. A long and informative read about influences, teaching, feminism, and why Nelson would rather be writing prose. Here are some excerpts to get you going… “Alas, since moving to LA in 2005, I’ve written few to no […]

Strange Way to Change Your Mind About Girl Poets

Please “enjoy” one of the strangest, yet quite insightful blog posts about Maggie Nelson and girl poets I have read so far. Also has a jarring sartorial component.