Poetry. An experiential investigation of how we move through cultural landmarks and institutions, SLOT presents a lyrical and thinking response to official, landscaped memory. In the book, a person slips in and out of highly designed museums and memorials, looks for a mentor who is more than a tour guide, rebels during the official tour, and occasionally finds the lament she is looking for: in comparisons across history, in ambiguous photo sequences, and in poetry. The resulting text stages a quiet argument between the persistent urge to "slot" things—into narratives, frames, archives—and a clear view of what, by resisting, remains. "SLOT pulls us through a beautiful yet harrowing poetic journey through the sediment of memory that has come to be called 9/11. By confronting the shock and desperation of violence on that achingly gorgeous autumn day, Jill Magi finds the words and images to allow us to re-member fragments of emotion and national identity that the act of memorializing has made us forget"—Robin Kelley.
|Publisher:||Ugly Duckling Presse|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Jill Magi is the author of THREADS (Futurepoem, 2007), TORCHWOOD (Shearsman, 2008) and SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), as well as multiple chapbooks and numerous small, handmade books. Her essays have been anthologized in LETTERS TO POETS (Saturnalia Books, 2008) and the ECO LANGUAGE READER (Nightboat Books, 2010), and visual works have been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, apexart, and Pace University. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, and she was a writer-in-residence with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07. She teaches at Goddard College and runs Sona Books, a chapbook press. For her efforts in small press publishing, Jill was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring writers in 2010.