Poetry. "Some things can't be understood without turning to poetry, the genre that allows observation, love, memory, confusion, and explanation to intermix and play. THREADS stitches all these things together. It tells a complicated story of a father who is an Estonian refugee and of a daughter who attempts to understand what this means by moving through genres and mediums. It is a moving story of searching for meaning and of an eventual arrival at a place of many meanings."—Juliana Spahr
"Inflection implicates us in family language we hardly understand, in old country we are also responsible for destroying and recreating in a new world and word order whose mapping remains the task at hand. These threads work between the telling of a story and history to inhabit such burdens of belated homecoming that stay the legacy of conquest."—Ammiel Alcalay
"In this delicate drawn/sewn/written book, we are asked to 'feel a map as a ghost limb,' to reach down to a place of 'generative tension' where 'prayer has atrophied as the grammar-muscle of together.' Beautiful, poignant, her stuttering speech 'on the other side of perhaps.'"—Cecilia Vicuña
"Constituent parts of a person are discerned when memory, history and familial inquiry regroup to form and appreciate identity . . . . These probings take the work into regions of cultural conflict and reconnection, emotional shifts and aesthetic conveyances to arrive at nuanced perspectives that bridge former gaps and voids. The syntax that delves there is sincere and soft as well as gritty in its interpersonal realism."—Brenda Iijima
Jill Magi is the author of LABOR (Nightboat, 2014), THREADS (Futurepoem, 2007), TORCHWOOD (Shearsman, 2008), CADASTRAL MAP (Shearsman Books, 2011), 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. Jill has taught in the MFA programs at Columbia College Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently on the faculty of New York University in Abu Dhabi. For her efforts in small press publishing, Jill was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring writers in 2010.
Author City: ABU DHABI UAE