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Ley Lines

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

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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.  


“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

“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