Commentaries

Harry Crosby

Three poems in retrospect, with an introduction

[The following is in celebration of the recent publication by MadHat Press of Selected Poems by Harry Crosby, which brings back the work of a major but twice forgotten avant-garde poet from the period of American poetry between the two world wars.

Fuck poems

In extremis

Poems are bullshit unless they are / Teeth or trees or lemons piled / on a step.

… Fuck poems / And they are useful, would they shoot / come at you, love what you are …— Amiri Baraka

Poems are bullshit unless they are / Teeth or trees or lemons piled / on a step.

… Fuck poems / And they are useful, would they shoot / come at you, love what you are …— Amiri Baraka

 handwritten portion of a note from M. NourbeSe Philip to Claire Harris, incl. the phrase "I cannot write"

A note from Divya Victor

Jacket2 bids farewell to our fellow editor

It is hard to express how much Divya Victor has enriched and expanded Jacket2 since we first welcomed her as a (then-guest) editor in 2017. From the two commentary series shes contributed, to the thoughtful and wide-reaching features shes curated, not to mention the tireless work shes done behind the scenes to make Jacket2s editorial process more equitable, affirming, and innovative, Divyas presence as a member of the J2 team will be sorely missed. It is with sadness — but excitement for Divya as a thinker and writer — that we say goodbye to Divya as a J2 editor. 

On our radar: 'un\ \martyred' by Nhã Thuyên

During this time of slowed publication, we at J2 want to highlight some books from our (digital) reviews shelf. Today’s title on our radar: un\ \martyred: [self-]vanishing presences in Vietnamese poetry by Nhã Thuyên (Roof Books, 2019). If you’d like to submit a review for consideration, please let us know: jacket2.org/contact

During this time of slowed publication, we at J2 want to highlight some books from our (digital) reviews shelf. Today’s title on our radar: un\ \martyred: [self-]vanishing presences in Vietnamese poetry by Nhã Thuyên (Roof Books, 2019). If you’d like to submit a review for consideration, please let us know: jacket2.org/contact