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Maureen Thorson @ Open Letters Monthly
The poems in GREEN OIL begin in a procedure that sidesteps pronouncement as the poet’s role, in favor of a kind of listening that allows for accident to open onto new understandings of language and making meaning. Donnelly begins by performing “liberal homophonic readings and orthographical transcriptions of poems in French from the collectionPièces by the poet Francis Ponge.” However, Donnelly listens beyond the procedure itself and hears, “at the threshold of the material traces of Ponge’s poems, […] the cadence of something not [her] own.”
Author City: EXETER, NH USA
Jean Donnelly is the author of GREEN OIL (Further Other Book Works, 2014), the julia set(Edge Books), and ANTHEM, selected by Charles Bernstein for the National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon. She studied poetry at the creative writing program at George Mason University, where she co-founded So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art, and co-curated the In Your Ear reading series at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Donnelly lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, with her children.