The newest episode of our university podcast, ‘Mindful U at Naropa University,’ is out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Fireside now! We are happy to announce this week’s episode features J’Lyn Chapman, Assistant Professor teaching in Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Sometimes we take for granted that text is an image—the letters are images—and there are some writers who are very conscious of that. When we’re reading a book, we take for granted that the text on the page is an image, and the focus of the book is what the text is communicating. Spend some time thinking about text as an image, like Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s work. Rachel is a poet and a critic who also does collage poems—poems that are made from collage, and they really emphasize text.
J’Lyn Chapman is a writer and Assistant Professor at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Currently, she resides in Longmont, Colorado with her family. Calamari Press published her chapbook, Bear Stories, a series of prose poems, in 2008. In 2016, Calamari Press published Beastlife, a book by Chapman which resists literary conventions and genre categories. It is an amalgamation of poetry and photographic essay, fiction, and philosophy. Within its meditative pages, she writes, “I want to write sentences that stretch on toward desperation, as in the fugal voices that become discordant but still lovely, then recollected in harmony.” Chapman’s work examines overlapping wor(l)ds of wilderness, absence, and entropy. (via Queenmobs)