The journal AMP, out of Hofstra University, is the first to publish an excerpt from a new work I call Make.
Heeding the wisdom of Adrienne Rich’s comment “The notes for the poem are the only poem,” Make consists of a 70-page graphic poetic sequence that depicts the enigmatic, grinding, flighty, scary, fun, musical and atonal reality of “the page under the page” or the epic of a creative process at work. Its whispers—shouts—crowds of influences. Here the means is the end.
The manuscript, Meanwhile in the Dronx…, invents a sixth borough of NYC where people driven out of the other five boroughs retreat to resurrect their lives. Including a map and 25 drawings by a Brooklyn-based visual artist Dale Williams—harking back to the 19th Century publishing motif of illustrated socially-conscious literary melodramas—this work locates and adores humans struggling to recreate themselves amid the surreal wreckage of history.
This anthology is now available to the public. Edited by Carmen Maria Machado and Joyelle McSweeney, it includes Chapter 12 of it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines, a project of mine inspired by the drawings of Dale Williams. Below are two posts addressing the release:
Volume 11 of this journal—“The Practice and Pedagogy of Writing at Black Mountain College”—features twelve pages from What Days Are Like When There Are Only Nights, accompanied by an essay on form entitled “The Road: A Shared Plight.”
Chapter 17 of it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines appears in this journal out of San Diego State University edited by Harold Jaffe. When possible, a print version will appear. In the meantime the issue is available on-line.
This $5,000 award—jointly funded by the state of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts—is “designed to support emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers by providing funding to produce new work.”