.Issue N.01. Crucible.
“Going through the experience of this crucible exposes the subject to impossible dangers: relinquishing his identity in rhythm, dissolving the buffer of reality in a mobile discontinuity, leaving the shelter of the family, the state, or religion. The commotion the practice creates spares nothing: it destroys all constancy to produce another and then destroys that one as well.”
Julia Kristeva. Revolution in Poetic Language.
1:AM Poetry Journal originates from an interview with Anne Waldman, whose words serve both as a vision and a blessing for a world in crisis. In the emergence of a new world where many things we now take for granted are on the verge of disappearance, the work of the artists and poets included in this issue is a warning but also a method to navigate this crucible. A new beginning where the poetic – transcending the function of language as pure information devised by the imminence of AI technologies – can lead to the very exercise of what it means to be human, the ability to produce a kind of language oriented to the transmission of experience rather than the transmission of information. In this way, the works included here are destined for readers not so much interested in “deciphering” language but in retracing the path of its creative production. (Kristeva).
This journal consists of an extract of the interview with Anne Waldman, followed by poetic pieces by Safaa Fathy, Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola, Daniela Stubbs-Leví and Matt Marble. These pieces are displayed as a mandala or crucible, with a center-piece artwork by Victor Esther. The suggestive photographic portrait of Anne Waldman used for the cover was taken by Leila Jacue.
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