“Each narrowing of what contemporary poetry is supposed to do bears with it an equivalent narrowing in the definition of a human being.” - Douglas Oliver
“I stand in fervent opposition to such narrowing.” - Maggie Nelson
In this twenty-fourth issue of jubilat, in an interview with Dara Wier conducted during the 2013 Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Maggie Nelson expands on her thoughts about the above Douglas Oliver quote. Maggie Nelson says, “Well, gosh, yes, I just love that Douglas Oliver quote. I think I said that in response to being asked to say something about what poetry is or what poetry should do. And it just feels like that’s the response to give, right? That kind of expansiveness that Oliver is speaking in favor of just seems, you know —- I mean, I love talking about poetry; I love talking about genre or craft of all kinds of things we can talk about today, but I’m glad you read that because I think that my whole writing life and other lives have been more about what Eve Sedqwick asked, which is, ‘You can say that?’” jubilat like Maggie Nelson, is interested in both Eve Sedqwick’s question and Douglas Oliver’s declaration. jubilat hopes that in its pages you find work that moves your mind to move with different ways of being a person and different ways of expressing experience. Ways that work with —- grass, drafts, speaking, the center, Micawbers Bookstore, family, Argonauts, giraffes, whimsy, fever, shapes, water, the moth, care, a blackout, gloss, mirrors, labor, humans, houses, doors, fugitives, Juneau, the Holy Ghost, years, languor, inundation, you, perception.
jubilat 24 features work by Katherine Lucas Anderson, Mary Jo Bang, David Bartone, Oliver Bendorf, Daniel Borzutzky, Hannah Brooks-Motl, Kara Candito, Sharon Dolin, Tim Earley, Ari Feld, Dobby Gibson, Rachel B. Glaser, Zachary Harris, K.A. Hays, Alisa Heinzman, Tyehimba Jess, Josh Kalscheur, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Gillian Kiley, Jill Magi, Circe Maia, Wong May, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Maggie Nelson, Jacob Otting, Ben Pease, Liana Quill, Jacques Rebotier, Rita Mae Reese, Margaret Reges, Kenyatta Rogers, Lauren Russell, Zachary Schomburg, Danniel Schoonebeek, Dara Wier, and Dean Young. With cover art by Luke Cavagnac.
I am very thankful to the poets in these pages and the poets that helped put these pages together.
Many thanks to jubilat’s ever amazing Editors, Kevin González & Caryl Pagel. Many thanks to jubilat’s marvelous Managing Editor, Shannon Burns. Many thanks to jubilat’s awesome Assistant Editor, Ted Powers. Many thanks to our fantastic Assistant Managing Editor, David Feinstein. Many thanks to our exceptional Editorial Assistants —- Lizzie Lenson, Jon Ruseski, and John Sieracki. Many thanks to our incredible Readers —- Kim Cabrera, Patrick Gaughan, Seth Landman, and Jess Steinmetz. Many thanks to our gifted Design Editor, Guy Pettit. Additional and great thanks to Stella Corso, Duffie Taylor, and Dara Wier.
Always thanks to Heather Christle for inventing jubilat’s ever-growing index. New index terms include “logic” and “imaginary people” On the website find Jacques Rebotier and Zachary Schomburg both reading “The Book,” Jacques Rebotier’s poem translated by Zachary Schomburg and Alisa Heinzman —- along with other new and excellent videos of poets reading their poems.
Many thanks to Wendy Xu and Daniel Moysaenko for their excellent work hosting the jubilat/Jones Reading Series this fall, which featured remarkable readings by —- Corina Copp & Natalie Lyalin, Ariana Reines & Chris Janke, Lucy Ives & William D. Waltz.
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