Since the publication of The Inveterate Life (O Books), Jessica Grim left San Francisco and moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where she works as a librarian, continuing to write some of the most interesting American poetry I know. Hers is a writing full of fragments, strong statements pulled by disjunction from the edge of the didactic. In Grim, the poem is a double agent, revealing and concealing messages passed from other agency. Her latest book is Locale (Potes & Poets Press, 1995). Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Art of Practice, Writing from the New Coast, and, forthcoming, Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women. We owe her rare West Coast appearance to the kind offices of the Djerassi Foundation. Welcome back homegirl.
May 9, 1997