Jacq Greyja's first poetry chapbook,GREATER GRAVE, debuts May 2018 from the Brooklyn-based publisher The Operating System.
Advance Praise //
How does a chimera, aware of its monstrosity, write its illegible body? How does that body process the daily violences placed upon it? And in that processing, what language emerges in the act of refusal? These are the questions Jacq Greyja grapples mightily with in this work, where a bright, precise language is stitched together, exploded, jammed, and atomized to document a fragmentary record of refusal, and from its ruins, excavate a whole, and liberated, self. Greyja is a bold, exciting poet engaged with a politics of syntax and form, and unafraid to push its boundaries.
— Vanessa Angélica Villareal, author of Beast Meridian
GREATER GRAVE is a gorgeous collection that is simultaneously well-crafted and intuitive as well as equally cryptic and explicit. Jacq Greyja deftly unravels and retangles language, bringing to question its ability to make sense of the material world. These poems stretch towards the impossibility of describing the ineffable, remembering the forgotten, and understanding the unfathomable with an effortlessness that is awe-inspiring. As someone who often struggles to reconcile the horror and beauty of embodiment, I felt so heard and seen as I absorbed this work—i cannot know what i am, Greyja writes, but after reading this collection it is clear to me that they are, at the very least, a literary talent worth paying attention to.
About the publisher //
The Operating System is a small press based out of Brooklyn, NY.
From their website: "To make possible an equitable space for art access — both as practitioner and observer — is a complicated venture. Which is why directly and visibly addressing this question and how it plays out is so critical. For The Operating System, it is essential to our mission not only be a presenting organization, educational resource, and publisher (creating real, physical space for art making, performance, and archival documentation), but also to engage in, document, and make available research around all aspects of creative industry."