THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO: Jessica Fisher for Daywork

Thursday, March 28th – Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at The Lyric!

Showtime: 6 pm

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Featuring...

Author Jessica Fisher for her new collection of poems Daywork.

About the Collection

A meditation on art's longevity and the brevity of human life from the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Frail-Craft and Inmost.

Jessica Fisher brings "the faraway close," through ruthless yet tender interrogations of possibility and permanence. Set against the backdrop of the fallen empire of Rome, Daywork takes its title from the giornata--the name in fresco painting for the section of wet plaster that can be painted in a single day, where each "day" is marked by the hidden seams in a finished painting.In a voice that is as poised as it is unmistakably urgent, Fisher aims to uncover what adheres against the fabric of history, and what becomes effaced over time. Her search leads her to discover signs of ruin of a different kind, and her poems begin to coalesce around a single perilous realization: that time is not merely an agent of erasure. Time is also a tether, rendering violence, beauty, grief, and art separate merely by a matter of days. "So you see once again," she writes, "violence is to beauty / as the warp to the weft / always somewhere beneath."Like the fresco itself, Daywork is committed to a time- and site-specific art, and to the daily work of creation. At once an elegiac meditation and a brave unearthing, this book expertly discerns the monumentalizing portrayals of history and its violences, while boldly illuminating other crucial accounts of everyday existence.

About the Author

Jessica Fisher is the author of three books of poetry: Frail-Craft, which won the 2006 Yale Younger  Poets Prize, Inmost, which was awarded the 2011 Nightboat Poetry Prize, and Daywork, published  by Milkweed Editions in 2024. Her poems appear in such journals as The American Poetry  Review, The Believer, The Bennington Review, The New Yorker, Tin House, and The Yale Review, and  her translations have been published in The New York Review of Books and The Paris Review. She is the grateful recipient of honors including the 2013 Rome Prize, a Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship  in Poetry, and a Hellman Foundation Fellowship. Fisher is a graduate of Oxford High School and worked her first job at Square Books. Now, she is an associate professor of English at Williams College and lives with her family in Western Massachusetts.

Air times:

Thursday, March 28th – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, April 5th – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, April 6th –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Sunday, April 7th -3 pm (ET) WUOT | 91.9 FM, Knoxville

2 pm (MT) KNCE 93.5 | Taos, New Mexico

Books: 
Daywork: Poems By Jessica Fisher Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781639550722
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 19th, 2024

A meditation on art's longevity and the brevity of human life from the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Frail-Craft and Inmost.Jessica Fisher brings "the faraway close," through ruthless yet tender interrogations of possibility and permanence.


Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:00pm
The Lyric
1006 Van Buren Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655