Author Archives: Jessica Smith

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Dream House

An archive of poems about bodies and geographical space and a Calvino-esque trip through the architecture of dreams inspired partly by the visual art of Noah Saterstrom, Dream House investigates the fantasy of “home.” Each chapter has its own personality, … Continue reading

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Two Reviews of Life-List

Linda Russo on Life-List‘s “fierce sense of attentiveness” over at Jacket 2 as part of her beautiful series of critical essays on ecopoetics. And on his blog, rob mclennan writes: Part of what is remarkable about Smith’s work is her use of … Continue reading

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AWP Minneapolis 

I received an email from editor Charles Alexander on Wednesday, appropriately while I was in the air, that Life-List, my second book of poetry, was alive! When I arrived at the AWP Book Fair on Thursday morning I took a … Continue reading

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AWP Reading 

(Link to Facebook Event)

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New Daybooks poem at Pine Hills Review

“17 June 2007″ is up at Pine Hills Review. Rated M for Mature.

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The Women in Visual Poetry: the Bechdel Test

I recently edited The Women in Visual Poetry: the Bechdel Test for Essay Press; it contains conversations between me and K. Lorraine Graham, Michelle Detorie and Gillian Devereux, and Sheila Murphy and K.S. Ernst on the art of visual poetry, as well … Continue reading

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8 new poems from The Daybooks up at Opon

8 new poems from The Daybooks project are up at Opon, including 25 December 2007, which is one of the critical “keys” where the project explains itself.

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Two new Daybooks poems in MiPo

Two new poems from The Daybooks are out in the Spring 2015 issue of MiPoesias, edited by Sarah Blake! This issue has a lot of interesting use of narrative/line/space.

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Interview for Touch the Donkey Supplement

To try to render memory in poetry, I want to disrupt the conventional “look” of the poem in favor of fragmentation and multilinearity, although I know that the reader must follow one track at a time through the poem. I … Continue reading

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New The Daybooks poems at Drunken Boat

30 March 2005 (about mourning for Creeley); 6 may 2011 (breakup poem); 31 October 2002 (about leaving my abusive ex) all up at Drunken Boat, thanks to the editorial assistance of Michelle Chan Brown.

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Delirious Hem, Coven Press, Etc.

Susana Gardner and I are about 2/5 of the way through the Delirious Hem Advent Calendar and my poem about UVA’s Rape Culture is up here. My colleague Douglas Ray and I are teaching book review writing through our respective classes, … Continue reading

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Delirious Hem Advent Calendar

I’m curating the Delirious Hem Advent Calendar this year with help from its founder, Dusie editor Susana Gardner. The series will run every day from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 (like an Advent Calendar). This year, we’re addressing rape culture … Continue reading

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New poem from The Daybooks at Open Letters Monthly

“22 October 2013 / Birmingham” is up at Open Letters Monthly (thanks to poetry editor Maureen Thorson). The text includes bits of Anne Waldman’s book First Baby Poems.

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New poems from The Daybooks up at Entropy

Poetry Editor Michelle Detorie has published a suite of 7 poems from The Daybooks at Entropy as the first in a series of zodiac poems; I represent the Scorpio poet. If you’re a Sagittarius, send her poems. The Daybooks, a … Continue reading

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Poet Michael Wells tagged me to answer some questions for the Writing Process Blog Tour, a linked meme of interview questions for writers to get a chance to reflect on their work. QUESTION #1: What are you working on? I have a … Continue reading

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On name magazine

Charmed by this little write-up by Kayleigh Reed for The Spectrum, the student newspaper of my alma mater, SUNY Buffalo (UB). I started name magazine with $300 from Robert Creeley’s endowed Chair funds when Jorie Graham cancelled her reading at … Continue reading

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30 January 2014 / Birmingham

I have a new poem about PTSD and Häagen Dazs up at Boston Poetry Magazine. Thanks to editor Mike Jewett! Like these other poems, “30 January 2014 / January” is part of my manuscript, The Daybooks.

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Against apocalypse

Time, which eats its own children, wants to pull everything in, and Silliman’s revelator fights back with the same weapon. My review of Ron Silliman’s Revelator (BookThug 2013) in Jacket2.

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Cicada Radio

A new mini-chapbook of mine is out from Phafours Press, where $10 will get you all 7 of the mini chapbooks in the series. Cicada Radio is a series of square handwritten poems (like this one at Apocryphal Text but … Continue reading

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Z:En

In 2007, I made a book called Z:En. It is available as a free .pdf from Lulu.com and is now up at Eileen Tabios’s Bibliotheca Invisibilis. John Bloomberg-Rissman has reviewed it at Galatea Resurrects.

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The Literary Mothers project is publishing short essays about one’s “literary mother” (by both women and men). Mine, on Susan Howe, is up this week on their tumblr.

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7 July 2005 / Stockholm From my ongoing Daybooks project, a poem about ear wax at Zigest magazine.

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8 June 2009 / Buffalo A poem about the first time my friend/now husband told me he loved me, now up at Newport Life for NaPoWriMo, thanks to editor Susana Gardner.

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11 February 2004 / Buffalo I’m quietly plugging along at my NaPoWriMo, and The Rumpus is featuring a poem each day in April. Today, one of my recent poems is up here.

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Nazca ekphrasis

Some mini ekphrastic poems about the Nazca lines and Nazca pottery are up at 17 seconds. These are part of a series of little “light-touch” ekphrastic poems, some of which were recently in The Brooklyn Rail and some of which are … Continue reading

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Z:En

John Bloomberg-Rissman digs into my completely erased text, Zen, over at Bibliotheca Invisibilis. You can get your own copy (.pdf or printed) here.

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Ekphrasis and the afterimage of the sonnet

A handful of my recent ekphrastic poems are up at The Brooklyn Rail. These are from a series about mothers and their children inspired by an old book discarded from our library, A Gallery of Mothers and their Children* (Marian King, … Continue reading

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The Emerald Tablet

Derek Fenner’s The Emerald Tablet, a collection of writing responding to the Emerald Tablet, was initially published in a small run and only available to contributors and friends– a kind of “secret book.” It is now available to the general … Continue reading

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Welcome to Boog City 7.5 Festival Program I helped book the Boog City Festival for President’s Day weekend. If you’re in Brooklyn, check it out! 

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe on Poet-Librarians

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Erasures in La Vague

I work in a library that has been weeding thousands of books (outdated, water damaged, and otherwise in poor condition– it had not been weeded in years and we’re downsizing as our research/space needs change), so my friends and I … Continue reading

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butterflies (tinysides 2006)

From 2006-2008, Maureen Thorson published small chapbooks called “tinysides,” which began as a large folded sheet of paper with a colored cover, saddle-stitched into an uncut codex with binding thread. If I remember correctly, she got the idea while trying … Continue reading

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2013 Year in Review

After some time off from my own poetry,* I pulled together a book manuscript last Fall and have spent 2013 editing and adding to it, entering it in contests, writing new poems, and otherwise newly engaging in the poetry community … Continue reading

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The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange

While working at the SFSU Poetry Center, Melissa Eleftherion Carr developed the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, a digital repository of chapbooks that she intended to function by exchange: when you uploaded your own chapbooks, you would gain access to the … Continue reading

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The Chapbook

The Chapbook Journal is a periodical that collects new and reprinted chapbooks in one codex. Vol. 2 focuses on Alabama writers and includes chapbooks by Patti White, Emma Bolden, Jim Hilgartner, Jennifer Horne, Laura Hendrix Ezell, and Michael Martone. My included … Continue reading

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Gondwanaland

When Derek Motion asked me for poems for a special issue of Cordite Poetry Review on Gondwanaland, I combined geological research with the acupuncture maps of the body and my physical experience of memory, pain, and desire. Here is the result, lovingly programmed by … Continue reading

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Trobar Ric, Oxford, MS

My colleague and friend Douglas Ray and I went to Oxford, MS yesterday to read in Michael Martin Shea‘s Trobar Ric reading series (which he inherited from Tim Early; recent readers have included Adam Clay and Ada Limon, and Douglas … Continue reading

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Z”l

A memorial book for the family of CJ Martin and Julia Drescher, now available for pre-order here

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How to be a good poetry citizen

Yes Yes 1. Read poetry 2. Listen to poetry 3. Disseminate poetry 4. Write poetry 5. Remain open to learning more No No 1. Don’t bully other poets online or in person 2. Don’t write bad reviews of a poet’s … Continue reading

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The Volta: Women of Visual Poetry Issue

I spent the first three weeks of June guest editing the September issue of The Volta/Evening Will Come, which focuses on visual poetry created by women. Thanks to Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Noah Eli Gordon for letting me put this … Continue reading

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Ottawa Reading

I had fun reading poetry in Ottawa last weekend and meeting a bunch of cool poets, including my publisher rob mclennan and my co-readers Amanda Earl and Marilyn Irwin. I read from my recent chapbook mnemotechnics (available here). Recording here. … Continue reading

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New poems in Tarpaulin Sky

5 poems from my birds/memory project in Tarpaulin Sky Magazine (thanks Christian!)… if you like these, consider checking out poems from the same manuscript in N/A and my recent chapbook, mnemotechnics (above/ground press). Ottawa! I will be reading in your … Continue reading

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Review of mnemotechnics

With each line as deliberate as a brushstroke, Smith constructs scenes on standalone details, which – like the birds she muses – contribute insights best when taken as a flock. Ryan Pratt in Ottawa Poetry Newsletter

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New poems in N/A

Some new excerpts from my ongoing birds/memories project are in the first issue of N/A, Ed. Amish Trivedi.

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A new poem in aesthetix, a poetry journal that provides constraints. In this case, poems were to be titled “800.” Ed. Molly Brodak

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Creativity is something that is inherent in everyone….

Creativity is something that is inherent in everyone, but it gets beaten down a lot in our production-focused educational and economic systems. The library remains a democratizing and nurturing environment where creativity can thrive. New Boog City (.pdf) with an interview … Continue reading

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Curate What You Know

In my “other life,” I’m a librarian. I’ve tried to integrate my poetry life with my library life by hosting poetry readings at the library.  My guest blog post on Library as Incubator Project describes our main library program, the Indian … Continue reading

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Read “wild swans,” a poem from my birds/memories database poetry project, at Open Letters Monthly

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mnemotechnics

A selection of poems from my manuscript mnemotechnics is available as a chapbook from above/ground press. Cover illustration by Alixandra Bamford. mnemotechnics is about birds and memory– specifically, it’s an homage to the life-list, the list that a birdwatcher keeps of all … Continue reading

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