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Broadcasting Jackqueline Frost as Antidote for Impossibility

By Harriet Staff


Jackqueline Frost is interviewed for the Poet as Radio show on KUSF in Exile, a Bay Area program that takes Jack Spicer as its wavemachine: “Jack Spicer said that the poet is not a creator, but a conduit, getting messages from an undefinable source to form the poem. He thought of a poet as a radio, broadcasting words. We like to think of POET AS RADIO as an opportunity for writers to broadcast their words as well.” The other Jack at play here talks about her new book from the stunning Compline, The Antidote. Speaking of: Also feast eyes on Rich Owens’s review of the book, wherein he writes:

[P]erhaps this opening line [“POVERTY has nothing with which to feed its love“] from The Antidote means to suggest this: The thing poverty feeds the love it suffers with is exactly nothing—an unimpeachable negativity that offers non-sites of limitless possibility. If this is the case, or both are the case, then The Antidote begins with a lack—an inadequacy or disadvantage—which, by means of the need it suffers, inverts itself, thereby casting itself toward the un-inscribed limitlessness of absolute possibility. For a book to begin so within the space of such a brief opening statement is an extraordinary thing.

There’s more where that came from, including an affective sense of the typographic configuration of the work, and a connect to Sean Bonney: “In Frost and Bonney the same slippage occurs, a pivoting movement from active present (i.e. ‘A portal glitches on the ground,’ or, ‘I DON’T WANT TO DEFEND MYSELF’) to statements of intention fixed in the past (i.e. ‘We thought,’ or, ‘I WANTED’). In both cases something beyond what was desired or anticipated occurred.” Read the full review at Damn the Caesars. More on the radio programme:

On November 17th, we welcomed Jackqueline Frost into Lightrail Studios to discuss The Antidote (Compline 2013). The book is a long poem divided into four sections. The content deals with the economic and social critiques of the Occupy movement, as well as the pondering of how gender and queer-ness interact with that movement. She talks about how when reading the book now, new meaning surfaces for her from when it was written. The poem emerged after she had done a good deal of critical and theoretical writing, “trying to engage critically with the events that were going on.” The fact that the poem was written in reaction to a social movement is evident in the way it interacts with Jackqueline’s writing community. She includes other writers in the book through epigrams. She and Evan Kennedy wrote their books (Kennedy’s book Terra Firmament just came out from Krupskaya) at the same time and they exchanged their work throughout the process. As has been discussed on earlier shows, we talked about if art and/or poetry can be transformative in the larger society.

At the end, Jackqueline gave information about the queer reading series she is curating, called Red Element, at the n/a gallery in Oakland. David Brazil’s The Ordinary (Compline 2013), is the “twin” book to The Antidote. Jackqueline, Evan and David books are being framed as a trilogy, so check them all out!

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.