Tripwire 17

Three new poems of mine are included in issue 17 of Tripwire (January 2021), a superb print journal of poetry and poetics publishing in Oakland, California.

Tripwire is devoted to a counter-institutional exploration of radical and experimental modes of contemporary poetics, art, and cultural politics. It was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and current editor David Buuck. Six issues were published between 1998 and 2002, before rebooting in 2014. The journal presents critical and creative work within a loose rubric, carrying issue titles such as 'Cities', 'Work', 'Transnational/Translational', 'Pop', 'The Red Issue', 'Performance/Writing' etc, along the way incorporating mini-features on Renee Gladman, the poetry of the Greek crisis, and more. Special supplements, a pamphlet series, and a translation grant have also been launched. This wide-ranging interview with David Buuck about Tripwire and contemporary poetics & politics conducted for Jacket 2 in 2018 illuminates the journal's origins, operations and focus.

My poems printed in Tripwire 17 ('underlying condition', 'screen test', and 'the hatred of poetry the film') are taken from a cycle of work ongoing since 2017 and rooted in patterns of digital gesture and the (self-)branding of identity under surveillance capitalism.

In total the issue consists of 245 pages of writing, art, reviews, interviews and translations, plus a 27-page mini-feature on 'Revolutionary Poetry from Lusophone Africa'. For a full list of contributors, and to order a copy for US$15 + shipping, go here.

Many thanks to David for seeking out my work and featuring it in Tripwire.


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