O Books
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Cover art by Richard Tuttle
Edition, Year
First Edition, 1998
In Print

Fray: To fight; to ravel out; to strain; to rub. FRAY opens with “Standing.” The poems here are generous, always complicated, at times quiet. They are understanding place or space and the body’s relation. — Juliana Spahr

Jessica Grim
Jessica Grim grew up in the Bay Area, and lived for periods in Texas, New York, and (again) California before moving, in the early 90s, to NE Ohio. Vexed (BlazeVOX, 2009) was first published ... Read More

Praise for FRAY

As paradises are repeatedly lost and found in calm prosodic temper, good-natured terror makes surprise appearances, disrupting in layered (“latent” “pleasing” “violent”) contradiction. Recounting and reflecting upon conditions of contingency and presence, at moments Grim echoes Sappho’s address to what’s just out of reach. Something momentous (“hefty”) is going on—read Fray and discover what it is!

— Norma Cole

Jessica Grim in Fray achieves an extraordinary subtle and varied movement of words and silences in her poems by means of line breaks, strophe breaks, enjambment, variation in types of syntactical units, and several kinds of “rests,” notably caesural spaces of several different lengths and sometimes dashes. Her word choices and their referents are also greatly varied and the relations between their sounds are very stimulating and satisfying. Altogether a beautiful book of poetry.

— Jackson Mac Low

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