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Ley Lines

Edited by H. L. Hix
Subjects Art, Cultural Studies, Poetry
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Paperback : 9781771120326, 256 pages, October 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771120340, 256 pages, October 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771120333, 256 pages, October 2014

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
Ley Lines
H.L. Hix
About This Book
Elements and Pattern
Ways of Dialogue
Capacious Enlivened Sense, Complex Daily Ardor
Between: Paisley Rekdal | Anne Lindberg | Renée Ashley
Balance: Zach Savich | Vera Scekic | Jericho Brown
Representation: Johanna Skibsrud | Ien Dobbelaar | Michelle Boisseau
Most Importantly I Have My Library
Archive: Brian Teare | Thomas Lyon Mills | Evie Shockley
Scan: Matthew Cooperman | Bruce Checefsky | Mary Quade
Things: Lia Purpura | Jason Dodge | Philip Metres
Only Rearrange the Stones
Repetition: Jon Woodward | Doug Russell | Andrew Joron
Pattern: Scott King | Gerry Trilling | Nin Andrews
Spacing: Gillian Conoley | Phillip Michael Hook | Alex Stein
Here Long Enough to Disappear
Complexity: Lily Brown | Sreshta Rit Premnath | Debra Di Blasi
Complexity: Veronica Golos | Alisa Henriquez | Caleb Klaces
Opposition: Catherine Taylor | Jane Lackey | Carol Moldaw
Each Begun With a Stain
Voices: Jacqueline Jones LaMon | Murat Germen | Nina Foxx
Particulate: Laurie Saurborn Young | China Marks | Denise Duhamel
Connections: Valerie Martínez | Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann | Anis Shivani
Alive in a Strange Region
Response: Kristi Maxwell | Aviva Rahmani | Rupert Loydell
Language: Jill Magi | Brian Dupont | Rita Wong
Words: Jena Osman | Sarah Walko | Bin Ramke
To Invent a Method
Beauty: Kathleen Wakefield | Anne Devaney | Jonathan Weinert
Aura: Sue Sinclair | Anna Von Mertens | Afaa Michael Weaver
Space: Dan Beachy-Quick | Cassandra Hooper | Alyson Hagy
This and Other Labor-Intensive Techniques
Attention: Julie Hanson | Adriane Herman | Laura Mullen
Confrontation: Sandra Simonds | Jim Sajovic | Susan Aizenberg
The Real: Lisa Fishman | Leeah Joo | Jennifer Atkinson
The World to Me
Event: Paige Ackerson-Kiely | Christine Drake | Cynthia Atkins
Moments: Warren Heiti | Susan Moldenhauer | Bruce Bond
Setting: Juliana Spahr | Leah Hardy | Christine Gelineau
And Their Shadows At the Same Time
Failure: Kirsten Kaschock | Daniel Dove | Ann McCutchan
Uncertain: Barbara Maloutas | Christopher Leitch | Supriya Bhatnagar
Disappearance: Jared Carter | Shelby Shadwell | Alison Calder
Works About Which Interview Questions Are Posed
Artworks Reproduced
About the Curator
About the Contributors


Ley lines mark alignments of sacred sites such as ridgetops and ancient megaliths and create pathways between them. This book too marks alignments and creates pathways, but its sacred sites are not monuments, they’re artworks and poems. Its various forms of exchange between writers and artists offer unique access to contemporary art, poetry, and the creative process. 
In this unique anthology, working poets respond to questions about their recent books, painters and other artists offer statements about their work, and writers respond to artworks. These offerings and exchanges are juxtaposed so as to speak to one another in a capacious, resonant dialogue. The result is a broad-minded and inclusive poetics, a vision of creative work as a constituent of personal and civic life. 
Anyone who nurtures the creative impulse will enjoy Ley Lines and return to it again and again. Writing students, art students, and any reader engaged in artistic practice will find in Ley Lines not a how-to manual or step-by-step instruction but an inexhaustible vein of instructive reflection on imaginative work and the creative life. 


H. L. Hix’s generative, generous anthology renews the poetics of listening. The dialogues between poets and artists seem to ask, in the words of Brian Teare, what kind of language ‘offers clarity sufficient to pain’? One of the most fascinating questions Hix returns to, with a refreshing and buoyant inter-criticality, is whether language adapts consciousness or perception to it or vice versa. ‘Capacious’ is a word he is fond of, and his wide arc of collaborative inquiry into eternity, war, responsiveness and responsibility delivers an expansive one-pointedness. Hix is an able, engaging curator whose book takes time and enriches it.

- Cherry Smyth, poet and curator

In Ley Lines, H. L. Hix assembles an array of contemporary poets and visual artists into a single conversation that is at once deeply philosophical, literary, and often times politically subversive. From dialogues on poetics to meditations on how one continues to create in a country (world) of non-stop war, these elegantly curated triads reverberate with collective insights. Ultimately, this compilation reminds readers how closely the act of creating art—written and visual—is linked to the art of listening.

- Glori Simmons, director, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco