Thursday, January 26, 2012
I Live Here Now by Jackie Clark
The latest offering from Lame House Press (which "irregularly publishes chapbooks from emerging poets"), Jackie Clark's I Live Here Now, reads like the description of an object that is just out of view, or the description of a feeling about an event, always at one remove. The only commitment to titling pieces is the recurring ( ) which introduces each poem. Maybe there's too much invitation to speculate, and maybe the reader begins to think, "now that's a handsome SWAT team guy" (ahem, awkward), or maybe there is just enough and each of the 15 poems may expand in the brain pan like a Shrinky Dink and take on that encoded form. An incomplete list of obsessions (go on, obsess) found herein: repetition, "counting the moments like counting the moments," lists, "prolongs the anti-effacing, / prolongs the darkness," reversal of the word onto the word, "even without the pay off, / which is the pay off," "all this while someone may or may not be looking over my shoulder," and a romance with the end-stop comma, which may or may not be self-evident. Available for $5 (+$1 shipping) from Lame House Press in a limited edition of 100. Jackie Clark can be found at nohelpforthat.com. Did I mention I'm a fan? –– AH
Check out her other recommendations and all the other great articles at FANZINE here.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"I think each collaboration works (and each set of collaborators work) differently. The collaboration I refer to earlier (with Steven Karl) came about simply - I don’t even think we knew it was 'a collaboration' until it was finished. Basically, I sent him a poem just to look over, and he responded with a poem of his own. I wrote one back, and we kept doing that until we stopped.
Ending the series was somewhat intuitive and somewhat situational - we realized we had enough poems for a chapbook and there was a deadline for a contest coming up. Like I said, there was never a structure imposed on this collaboration (other than the back-and-forth), so I suppose we could’ve just kept going, but it did feel like a good endpoint. We then went through and made edits to our own poems, considered the poem order, came up with a title and sent it out."
You can read the full interview here. And look for Veronica and Steven's collaboration, Don't Try This On Your Piano or am i still standing here with my hair down to be released in late February/early March!