T. Motley is a core contributor to Cartozia Tales, a fantasy mapjam comic for all ages: cartozia.com. He blogs at cartooniologist.blogspot.com and yourdailydoodle.tumblr.com
I. and IBy Rodger Kamenetz
MAY 2023 | Poetry
Ayin Press produced Gerald Stern's last book, I., not long after his death in 2022 at age ninety-seven. This handsome amplified edition of a poem first published online carries a joyful foreword by Ross Gay, a brilliant preface by Stern, and a learned afterword by Alicia Ostriker. I.which stands for Isaiahin many ways explores the contemporary poetics of ancient prophetic inspiration.
Muse-ship: Pleasurable ResonancesBy Doug LeCours and Julie Mayo
DEC 22–JAN 23 | Dance
On the occasion of Rail contributor and dancer Doug LeCourss departure from New York, he and choreographer Julie Mayo convened for a conversation about their six years of work together through the lens of muse-ness, a reciprocal relationship of inspiration.
François-Marie Banier: Writings & PicturesBy Ann C. Collins
MARCH 2023 | ArtSeen
Francois-Marie Baniers Writings & Pictures, a small yet ebullient sampling of nearly sixty years of artmaking, provides a snapshot of an artists practice that is as unconstrained as it is prolific. Persistently following inspiration and impulse, Banier refuses categorization and has worked in whichever collisions of medium and style best serve his continuous need to create.
Judah Schepts Coal, Cages, CrisisBy Jarrod Shanahan and Abby Cunniff
SEPT 2022 | Field Notes
A crumbling strip of asphalt winds through the craggy countryside of eastern Kentucky, striated with power lines sagging in every direction. Wobbly pavement markings and errant skidmarks vanish at a hairpin bend buffered by low guard rails framing a rolling, sparsely tree-spotted expanse of hills. On one side of this road stands a roughly chiseled open coal seam, marking the remnants of a former mine. On the other, a bowed chain link fence capped in razor-wire announces the outer periphery of Otter Creek Correctional Facility. This remarkable image by photographer Jill Frank adorns the jacket of prison scholar Judah Schepts Coal, Cages, Crisis (New York: NYU Press, 2022), confronting the reader with the books central preoccupations.