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Mound

by Jenni B. Baker

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Jenni B. Baker is the editor-in-chief of The Found Poetry Review. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in more than three dozen literary journals, including DIAGRAM, Washington Square, BOAAT, Nashville Review and Swarm. Her chapbook, Comings/Goings, will be released by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. In her current project, Erasing Infinite (http://www.erasinginfinite.com), she creates poetry from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, one page at a time.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Mound”?

As a poet working primarily in the erasure space, I spend a significant portion of my spare time browsing digitized texts on Hathi Trust, Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg. When I found Roy L. Cissna’s book Basic Sign Language buried in the results for a search query on deafness, I expected to find its pages full of disembodied hand diagrams accented by arrows and motion lines. Instead, I found a fascinating text-based dictionary describing in the imperative all the movements and gestures one must make with his or her hands to communicate each word and expression. It was too unique to pass up.

“Mound” was born after I spotted the word “father” appear on the same page as the descriptions for signing “grave” and “grief.” In the weeks prior to discovering the text, a loved one had talked to me about the loss of his father several years ago. After the conversation, I remarked to myself how death is a type of erasure, and how memories punctuate the emptiness and void long after someone near to us dies. This poem, therefore, is dedicated to Doug.

News

Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.” Congrats to Christopher Allen for being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.

Upcoming

05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/23 • Nance Van Winckel (1 of 8)
05/27 • Natasha Sajé
05/29 • Carolyn Oliver
05/30 • Nance Van Winckel (2 of 8)
06/03 • Ankita Banerjee
06/05 • Rachel Rodman
06/06 • Nance Van Winckel (3 of 8)
06/10 • Erica Soon Olsen
06/12 • Beverly Jackson
06/13 • Nance Van Winckel (4 of 8)
06/17 • Avra Margariti
06/19 • Tommy Dean
06/20 • Nance Van Winckel (5 of 8)
06/24 • Stephen Reaugh
06/26 • Hege Lepri
06/27 • Nance Van Winckel (6 of 8)
07/01 • Danielle Hark
07/03 • Shirley Harshenin
07/04 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
07/08 • Matthew Barrett
07/10 • Andrew Stevens
07/11 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
07/15 • Peter Cherches
07/17 • Christopher Ryan
07/22 • Jessica Kehinde Ngo
07/24 • TBA
07/29 • TBA
07/31 • TBA