: Odyssey & Oracle :

Jenn McCreary

"Does knowing how things will likely end make futile the journey? In Odyssey & Oracle, in excruciatingly brink-filled language, Jenn McCreary answers: the day the boy learns I cannot control time is tragic / for both of us... When you ask how many horror-wakings into adulthood one must threshold, she says: at one time it was different, but the birds / have since evacuated... When you throw up your hands at how she implicates you & her & you—she notes: sometimes the head resists integration / with the rest of the work... With a liberal dusting of ampersand and diminished second stanza, with allusion to sadbritish pop and comic worlds and Coney Island incubator, McCreary (how the lost boys beg!) re-spells the stories within the story until you are back, at child's-edge again, again at the precipice of your disillusion/dissolution, unable to quite balance your zombie depths with the fact of daybreak. It is the worst, best thing—the way she makes you feel... stitching shadowtruths to your Achilles heel... making you wonder what else she & you & she have yet to fully re-cover." -- Kirsten Kaschock

Jenn McCreary is the author of :ab ovo:, published by Dusie Press in 2009. She is also the author of the chapbooks: errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press), & four o’clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press), the e-chapbook: Maps & Legends: (Scantily Clad Press), and a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). Her poetry has been published in Combo, Lungfull!, Tool: A Magazine, POM2, So To Speak, Sous Rature, Tangent, & How2. She lives with the writer Chris McCreary & their twin sons in Philadelphia, where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris. She is a recipient of the PEW fellowship