The mirror is human kind's most duplicitous invention. When we look into it do we see ourselves or an other? If we see an other, is that other a lie or some complex extension of a truth we don't quite grasp? And when we set down the mirror and imagine ourselves to be one or the other or some combination of both, who have we become? In this special issue of Conjunctions, the very idea of self is tackled in fiction and poetry that investigates everything from innocent misperception to studied deception, delusion to fraud, crazed misdemeanors to premeditated crime.
Shadow Selves offers a spectrum of permutations on these themes, with acclaimed and upcoming writers such as Elizabeth Hand, J.W. McCormack, Jonathan Carroll, Eleni Sikelianos, Frederic Tuten, Michael Sheehan, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul West, Laura van den Berg, Arthur Sze, Susan Steinberg, Jason Labbe, Jess Row, Rae Armantrout, Melinda Moustakis and Rick Moody.
Conjunctions is edited by Bradford Morrow. The editorial approach is often collaborative, the distinguished staff of active contributing editors includes Walter Abish, Chinua Achebe, John Ashbery, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, William H. Gass, Peter Gizzi, Robert Kelly, Ann Lauterbach, Norman Manea, Rick Moody, Joanna Scott, Peter Straub, and John Edgar Wideman.
Bard College's literary journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, criticism, drama, art and interviews by both emerging and established writers. For nearly three decades, Conjunctions' contribution to the literary community has been to provide a forum for over 1000 writers and artists whose work challenges accepted forms and modes of expression, experiments with language and thought, and is fully realized art.
Conjunctions 54: Shadow Selves
Paperback, 364 pages
release: June 30