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William Carlos Williams famously coined the phrase “No ideas but in things” in the 1927 version of his poem “Paterson.” At the same time, in France, Francis Ponge was working hard at working hard, taking this credo to heart and also to the max. Ponge’s Mute Objects of Expression will act as our primary guide as we pick a single object and take it through an athletic series of exercises in order to get at its Inner Essence – or at least show our enthusiastic efforts to do so.
Kary Wayson’s poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Nation, Narrative, FIELD, Filter, The Best American Poetry 2007 and the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology. Kary was a 2003 Discovery/The Nation award winner, and her chapbook, Dog & Me, was published in 2004 by LitRag Press. Her book, American Husband, won the Ohio State University Press/ The Journal Award in 2009. A 2012 The Stranger Genius Award nominee, Kary lives and works in Seattle.