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MNEMOSHIP/DESTROYERSHIP #5

2007 Ware Oops 1If one is one’s book to any degree to be destroyed, infested, repurposed, forgotten.

Joshua Ware sent me this along with a copy of my book, out of the blue. What he did with the book is fantastic, terrifying, toothed. I want it to be shared with the world to some degree. At first, Joshua was against this; he wanted it to have no digital life. After a few letters, Josh let me know that I could share it. To use my own discretion doing that. Still, I feel strange being the person entrusted to broadcast the destruction/re-reading or my poems, this object, the emergence of Joshua through it, his marks, the  emergence of other spirits through him.

More soon.

Filed under: Book Notes, The Devotional Poems

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag, terrain.org, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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