Writing Voice into the Archive & NOCT- The Threshold of Madness (Available Now)

I am excited to share that Writing Voice into the Archive vol. 1, edited by Jennifer Tamayo, co-authored by Sade LaNay and yours truly, is available to orderWriting Voice into the Archive  includes “Plethora: a Poetics of Vesselhood”, a poetic exegesis on “plethora” in triptychal form. Plethora includes my performance collaborator Sammy Roth‘s writing, in effort to “resist the “I” in a poethical state of being.”  (Copies are limited!) Check out our HARPYLAND performance at The Poetry Project here.

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The Atlas Review selected my book NOCT- The Threshold of Madness for publication earlier this year. NOCT- is a chronicle of identity-damage composed entirely of language selected and erased from a popular how-to book in conducting black magic. I began work on this book in 2014. NOCT- The Threshold of Madness is now available for $12 when you pre-order on The Atlas Review website. (Copies are limited!) 

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Of NOCT-, Natalie Eilbert writes,”Garden-pathing, it was recently explained to me, is a grammatical sentence that lures readers into one meaning, only to be misled, whether through syntactical arrangement or flat-out lexical deception. Isn’t this, I wondered, what poetry is? Joey De Jesus writes early on in Noct—The Threshold of Madness, “I shatter the expected / to access the page” and I think of garden-pathing, the lexical arrangement and its access. Who is left out of the page when we expect any system? Noct—The Threshold of Madness is an erasure poem based on a popular how-to book in black magic. In this chapbook, De Jesus chronicles identity disrepair by internalizing the homology of blackness with the demonic. He writes, “I—I / trick of my mind / Goal and motive coming to me / As the I speaks forth.” There is a possession to his disrepair, one that throttles intended meaning into a spatiotemporal sphere of one. The language is at once devastating as it is curated by a mastermind. Here, agency is pushed under the lens as with everything else. The “I” is void as it is also muscle. It sings without epiphany. It thrives on the splintering explanation.”

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There are some other excited things planned in upcoming year: Apogee Journal‘s forthcoming issue 12 and on-going workshop series are in excellent shape; Basilica Soundscape’s, The Triptych, enters its third year; Several works are forthcoming in gallery installations and my full-length experimental book object(s) HOAX has been selected for publication in 2020 with The Operating System. Updates forthcoming!

I’m so thankful for the immense support!

Joey~

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