Interview with Myung Mi Kim

myung-mi-kim“Language acquisition, underpinned as it is with mastery, regimentation, and the attendant valence of indoctrination, has put on alert for me the way practices of language may contribute to producing hegemonic, normative cultural practices.  As a poet I am constantly thinking about this intrinsic problem and exploring modes of relating to and generating language that pluralize sense-making. Over the years, I’ve become keenly aware of the constitutive elements of language, how even one phoneme might contribute to/reorient perception. ”

Read the whole interview with Myung Mi Kim, judge of this year’s Kay Murphy Poetry Prize, here.

Bayou Magazine Takes a Look Back


Jay Hopler is the author of two books of poetry: Green Squall (Yale University Press, 2006) and The Abridged History of Rainfall (McSweeney’s Poetry Series, 2016).  His chapbook of translations, The Museum of Small Dark Things: 25 Poems of Georg Trakl,  is forthcoming from Poetry International in 2016.

Two of Hoppler’s poems originally appeared in Issue 56, and you can read them here.

Literary New Orleans: January 2017

Tuesday the 17th
Reading and signing with Lydia Peelle featuring her book, The Midnight Cool, with music by Ketch Secor, Octavia Books, 6 PM

Monday the 23rd
Discussion and signing with Tim Gautreaux for his book, Signals: New and Selected Stories, Octavia Books, 6 PM

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