Isobel O’Hare: “I fell in love with erasure poetry in my MFA program, and the practice has become a regular part of my writing routine. I enjoy it most when it’s a conversation with an author I respect, but there is also something to be said for arguing with someone whose ideas you find oppressive. If you caught this article in the New Republic last year, you’ll know that the latter is achieving a recent rise in popularity. And although I’m no stranger to the argumentative erasure, I’m so pleased we received a whole heap of gorgeous, playful erasures for this issue that revere and frolic with their sources. Overall, this issue is overflowing with intensely lovely visual art, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”
Carleen Tibbetts: “I recently treated myself to some newer poetry releases from SPD (having a toddler basically leaves me no time for reading or writing, and, aside from this semester break, when I’m not with her, I’m working) and just finished Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Days and Works. In it, she writes, “I want not to know/which is margin, which is text,/which is writing, which is gloss. And I won’t.” As soon as I saw that line, it clicked with me. I thought so much about about our need to name, categorize, and how we cling to genre. I want so much more to bleed together. I want less boundaries and distinctions. What’s the difference between text and writing? Why can’t everything be beauty and gloss? I want the gloss. So much. As an editor and curator, I want to see more connections and crossover between the genres. I want to provide an alternative to the heavy, confessional I, or the standard prosaic sentence structure. We received so many brilliant submissions, it wasn’t hard to assemble these treasures. I invite you into the gloss of Issue 3….”
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