ARTICLES BY joyellem

THE TOXIC AND THE LYRIC IV: On Anaïs Duplan: Radical Intimacy as New History Poem; As Wound and As Co-Body; the Shaking Apart of Robert Lowell; Strange Fruit as IED

Joyelle McSweeney


The fourth and final installment in Joyelle McSweeney’s column, calling on Suzan-Lori Parks, Anaïs Duplan, Robert Lowell, and more, begins with a question: “Could the Present itself be a Mouth of Hell–a site, a stoma, a membrane where absence and presence of the Past is painfully mediated?”

The Toxic and the Lyric III: On Hearing; Sound and Damage; Suzan-Lori Parks and Douglas Kearney; A Cicatrice; Billie Holiday; Strange Fruit and Damaged Plants

Joyelle McSweeney


Our third installment of Joyelle McSweeney’s The Toxic and The Lyric studies “the ‘exact’ relationship of sound and damage,” by way of Roberto Bolaño, Stagger Lee, and Billie Holliday.

The Toxic & the Lyric II: Hearing and Hell; Inversion as Subversion; Everyone, or, The Dead; the Child-Migrant

Joyelle McSweeney


The second installment in Joyelle McSweeney’s ongoing column on The Toxic and The Lyric, this week turning to the notion that “The Map of the Ear is the Map of Hell,” and including consideration of the work of Kim Hyesoon, Don Mee Choi, William Blake, and more.

The Toxic and the Lyric I: On Losing My Hearing; The Infernal; The Sublime and the Virtual; Tuberculosis bacilli

Joyelle McSweeney


The first in Joyelle McSweeney’s ongoing series, The Toxic and the Lyric, which begins with a question: “Where is Art going and where has it been?”


Joyelle McSweeney


What do Julian Assange, The Rust Belt, Art-crime, obscenity, Katrina, Chelsea Manning, and Dick Cheney have in common? They all rear their heads in the world of Joyelle McSweeney, whose plays-in-verse search for what language and theater can uncover about the present day nature of power, control, and revolt. Photos by Lifan Li.

In a State of Confusion and Being Lucid As I Can: JOYELLE MCSWEENEY interviews DENNIS COOPER

Joyelle McSweeney


On the publication of his GIF-novel, Zac’s Haunted House, Joyelle McSweeney interviews Dennis Cooper on violence, politics, porn, style, and collaboration.

A Review of Don Mee Choi’s Freely Frayed,ᄏ=q, & Race=Nation

Joyelle McSweeney


Freely Frayed takes a look at how the work of Korean poets such as Don Mee Choi and Kim Hyesoon grapple with the US’s manipulation of their home country as a military toy. Joyelle McSweeney reviews.

Wake Up For The First Time Again

Joyelle McSweeney


A new translation of The Metamorphosis evokes shades of Gus Van Sant-like youth. Joyelle McSweeney reviews.

A Review of Lonely Christopher’s Death & Disaster Series

Joyelle McSweeney


Warhol, the occult, and money-logic swarm together in Joyelle McSweeney’s exploration of Lonely Christopher’s latest.

A Review of Hilda Hilst’s The Obscene Madame D

Joyelle McSweeney


Joyelle McSweeney breaks down the layers upon layers of multivalent modes alive and ahead of their time in Hilda Hilst’s The Obscene Madame D.