The Emotive Function

Joanna Fuhrman

I follow Fuhrman’s lines like a curious child following an enchantress. Though I may never find my way out of her forests where the trees “smell like wet / sobbing tubas,” the menacing fancifulness of her images and the playful punning of her sounds cast a delicious spell indeed.
—Jennifer Moxley

Joanna Fuhrman iis the author of three collections of poetry published by Hanging Loose Press, Freud in Brooklyn (2000), Ugh Ugh Ocean (2003), and Moraine (2006). Her fourth book, Pageant, won a Kinereth Gensler Award and was published by Alice James Books in December 2009. She is the poetry editor for Boog City, a community newspaper for the Lower East Side and the Wednesday night curator for the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church for the 2010/2011 season.

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, including The Believer, Lit, New American Writing, Fence, Quarterly West, Conduit, and American Letters and Commentary, and in anthologies published by HarperCollins, New York University, Soft Skull Press, and Carnegie Mellon University. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize. She teaches poetry in her apartment, public schools and at Rutgers University.

More info at her website