Visiting Writer
September 2002
Julie Doxsee
Julie Doxsee is a writer and musician in Chicago. She will begin a PhD in English at the University of Denver in the fall of 2003.


Studies of chaos & indeterminacy theory have complimented my linguistic ambiguity in such a way as to enable symptoms of a non-narrative, recognizable as follows: Similar to how physicists endeavor to propagate terrestrial connectivity through concepts, my work relies on a type of explanation that percolates within the language itself rather than in fixed chronology, narrative, closure, precision, fact. The specifics of this explanation require that a reader allow the directly logical compartments of the mind to process each abstraction as belief; in other words, to work with each notion/emotion at face value and to entrust that absorption requires either a meshing or an opening of the senses.

Each text-cluster serves as the model of a specific psyche whose emotional water may or may not be evaporated. To believe the work is not necessarily to accept it as rooted in subject or narrative, rather to allow some dormancy in the self to awaken, to find meaning that exists as an affect rather than as something indelible and/or concrete and/or living. Many of my experiments with language have landed in an unfriendly realm of the stratosphere as a result of my own intuitions and imitations vis-à-vis the poetics of Susan Howe, John Ashbury, Lyn Hejinian, Emily Dickinson. Recently, however, uses of repetition and sentence fragmenting have been essential to formulating results that evoke surprise, memory and the addictive frustration of ineffability. The reconstruction of certain fragments & the re-placing of certain words in accordance with mathematical probability, fractal magnification, and literal condensation have served as portals for the process (or tools with which to pry open one obfuscated portal…or maps with which to locate my own region of the stratosphere).

Additionally, most of my work deals with the notion of some kind of brink or border, the vagueness that saturates the mid-ground between life-death, sleep-consciousness, male-female. I continue to attempt an exploration of the semantic threads that differentiate a subconscious event from the memory of an actual event.


One Chair A Bar at the Folies Bergère Mona Lisa


Effervescence Surface Traversal Puppet Shadow (De)Construction MigrationWu Wei


Domestic Tension Midwest Olympia Baiti Raze 213 The Human Condition Baghdad