The Sense Record breaks every contemporary experimentalist rule. Rather than spare and fragmentary, Moxley’s work is lush with modifiers, full sentences, and subordinate clauses. Rather than shun the first person singular as an unstable linguistic construct, she features it in almost every poem, both as herself and as a relative position open to everyone. And rather than problematize meaning, Moxley has things to say and actually says them. (Cole Swensen)
She recharges old forms by dismantling the archaisms and replacing them with her own uses of language. It’s lyric synthesis through a kind of dream narrative, only that dream world brings with it real questions of how to live here and now. (Dale Smith)
About the Author
Jennifer Moxley was born in 1964 and grew up in San Diego, California. She edited The Impercipient magazine and with her partner, Steve Evans, The Impercipient Lecture Series. Since 1997, she has served as poetry editor for The Baffler magazine. In addition to her US, Canadian, and British publications, her poetry has been translated into Norwegian, Czech, Swedish and French. She lives in Orono, Maine where she works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine.