By Carley Fockler I’ve always been the kind of writer who stares at a word document until everything blurs and my mind wanders. There’s something about it that blank space I find intimidating. I adjust the margins, the font size, and the spacing just to give myself the illusion of productivity. It distracts from my … Continue reading Alter the Process. Break the Rules.
By Tony Pizzo During my first semester retreat to the Atlantic Center for the Arts last January, I attended many eye-opening poetry workshops analyzing the vast selections of form, process, and purpose available to me in this curious expanded field. Among them was a focus on translation, taught by the wonderful John Pluecker. You know … Continue reading Everything is Translatable, Especially A Rubik’s Cube
. . . He was the victim of an accidental discharge, uncontrolled carelessness with unconscionable consequences . . .
Rebecca Anne Renner “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” - Ray Bradbury My students groaned when I passed out the books. “I thought you said we weren’t reading another novel,” said the kid in front. “I was wrong,” I said. “We’re reading this … Continue reading Fahrenheit 2017
". . . Nafisi went on to speak for more than an hour, apologizing over and over again for her digressions and off-topic assays that were very clearly borne of a tremendous passion."
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There was something ineffably poetic about that silence . . .
In her essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field,” Rosalind Krauss argues that postwar American sculpture (and painting) has been “kneaded and stretched” until it became “infinitely malleable.”[i] Something similar takes place in the writing of the expanded fielder.
I cannot power through this book, like so many others before, for one simple reason: it powers through me.
Rebecca Anne Renner Greetings from the O/A editors! Six months ago, the adventure called Obra/Artifact began in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since then, it has grown from a mere idea to a graduate literary magazine. All of this is thanks to our submitters and supporters, especially Juan Carlos Reyes and the MFA of … Continue reading State of the Obra – A Letter from the Founding Editor-in-Chief