About the Poems
by Joshua Marie Wilkinson
These histories, and a few dozen others, are the result of bits and fragments that came out of writing my third full-collection of poetry, The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth. None of these fit with that book—or with a concurrent project, Figures for a Darkroom Voice, which I was writing with NEG. But these fragments seemed to want to be together, and they've been re-worked in their own new forms—after spending parts of this past year also attempting hackneyed translations of Celan's Schneepart, (Surhkamp Verlag has done beautiful ms. reproductions); teaching Anna Moschovakis' I Have Not Been Able to Get through to Everyone; reading lots of John Yau, Francis Ponge, the Pines, and Homer; and making a new series of short films from poems by friends and strangers. If you want to track them, other “brief histories” are out or forthcoming in Glitterpony, the Seattle Review, Luna, Jubilat, Little Red Leaves, Gulf Coast, Handsome, and The Continental Review. Dos Press will release a chapbook of them, entitled A Brief History of Gossip, in 2008.