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   Francisco Dominguez & Aire Celeste Norell
   Marie Lecrivain & Angel Uriel Perales
   Sheikha A.
   Steve Abee
   L. Ward Abel
   Carl Abt
   Han Adcock
   Elizabeth Addis
   Aderemi Adegbite
   Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
   Neil Aitken
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   Shahd Al-Shemmari
   Lynn Albanese
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   Scott Alexander
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   Nicole Alexander
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   Stephen Anstay
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   Aurora Antonovic
   Maria A Arana
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   Joseph Armstead
   Feral Artist
   Baron James Ashanti
   Charlene M. Ashendorf
    Askew
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   maeghanne ayers
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   John-Patrick Ayson
   Jim Babwe
   Sophie Bachard
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   Prerna Bakshi
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   Gary Beck
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   Hakim Bellamy
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   Hayley Berariu
   Lawrence Berger
   Kevin Berger
   Mike Berger, Ph.D.
   Tom Berman
   luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
   Craig Berry
   Nick Bertelson
    Besskepp
   Mary Rose Betten
   Cheryl Beychok
   Gwendolyn Beyer
   François Biajoux
   Heitham Black
   Jarvis Black
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   Rose Mary Boehm
   Bonnie Bolling
   Julie Bolt
   Lek Borja
   Cristogianni Borsella
   Gerald Bosacker
   Amanda Boschetto
   Wendy Bourke
   Jack G. Bowman
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   Bob Bradshaw
   Marcielle Brandler
   Peter Branson
   Sumiko Braun
   Adam Bresson
   Quiana Briggs
   Jack Bristow
   paulo brito
   Alan Britt
   Michelle Brodeur
   Lynne Bronstein
   Charles Brooks
   Leah Brown
   Deborah Edler Brown
   Adam Levon Brown
   Jason Sanford Brown
   zoey brown
   Bob Browning
   Sir Mark Bruback
   MC Bruce
   Jeffrey Bryant
   Kate Buckley
   Robin M. Buehler
   Ron Burch
   Graham Burchell
   Maria Rose Burgio
   Betsy Burke
   Matt Burns
   Richard Burrill
   Zachary C. Bush
   Tony Bush
   Elissa Calvin
   Joseph Camhi
   Velene Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Neil Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Dana Campbell
   Luis Campos
   Janine Canan
   Lyn Cannaday
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   Joey Capone
   HélÚne Cardona
   Britton Laine Carducci
   D.J. Carlile
   Julia Carlson
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   Jonathan Carr
   Patricia Carragon
   Oscar Carrasco
   Jared Carter
   Michael Aaron Casares
   John Casey
   Lisa Castro
   Rachael Kelechi Caulker
   Nika Cavat
   Michael Caylo-Baradi
   Steve Ceniceros
   Michael Ceraolo
    Cerise
   Robert Cesaretti
   Cheryl Chambers
   Lita-Luise Chappell
   Shibani Chattopadhyay
   Lisa Cheby
   Beth Cheng
   Ralph-Michael Chiaia
   Juhi Chowdhury
   David Christensen
   Phil Clark
   Terry Clark
   Darice Clark
   Terry Clark
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   Jeanette Clough
   Kim Cochran
   Ed Coet
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   Megan Coker
   Bruce Colbert
   Karen E. Cole
   Merrill Cole
   Christopher Coleman
   Larry Colker
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   Christiane Conésa-Bostock
   David Concepcion
   Christiane Conesa-Bostock
   Brendan Connell
   Alice Constantine
   Jack Cooper
   Flavia Cosma
   Rachel Coventry
   R. Paul Craig
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   William Crawford
   Natalie Crick
   Rosemarie Crisafi
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   Chris Crittenden
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   Karen Corcoran Dabkowski
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    Dalton
   Catherine Daly
   Iris Dan
   Marie Lecrivain & Daniel Gallik
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   Kathrine David
   Gareth Davies
   Holly Day
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   Marvin Louis Dorsey
   John Dorsey
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Tess. Lotta
November 2006
   

 

Poetry Unrestrained: William Waltz, editor of Conduit Literary Magazine and the Poetics of Annihilation

Conduit, a literary magazine out of Minneapolis, announces its presence on the bookshelf much in the way Jean-Michel Basquiat announced his vision on doors, found wood, and canvasses; like Basquiat when he party-crashed modernism with his revisions, Conduit signifies art and literature that is moving beyond accepted limits. Lucky for us, Conduit has crowd-surfed its way into the mainstream trade as a lit mag that doesnt skimp on intelligent editing. The result is a startling collection of worksover ten years and 16 issues worththat not only exhibit inventive craft, but explore the chemistry between art and influence.
The winter 2006 issue, themed Book of Jobs, is a good example of Conduits innovation. Like its 15 siblings, Book of Jobs refrains from pontificating from an academic perch, wailing at the wall of sentimentality, or caging exploration with a rigid adherence to rules. Poet Brenda Hillmans White Fir Description and Manzanita Description are the capstone of this effort. Although these works employ the trope of nature, Hillmans highly punctuated syntax eradicates all traces of thematic sentimentality. Free of this weight, Hillmans meticulous diction carves a breath in the poetic line for the consideration of human presence, memory, and nature, while her gut instinct for rhythm urges an evaluation of whether we stomp over these or tread lightly. The subversive grace and painstaking craft of Hillmans work can be viewed as a subtle advertisement for Conduits editorial taste.
Conduits editorial missionjust a tad less subtlebegins with its unusual 5 x 11 inch format. The covers spill over with cultural emblems modified vividly by the vandalistic spirit and ordered chaos of contemporary graphic art movements. But as founder and editor William Waltz cautions in the following interview, Conduits voice offers more than just rebelliousness.

TL: Id love a short background of the founders and current staff. Punk geeks? Academics? Do tell.

WW: Ummm, geeky punks with too much education? I dont know. With the exception Sonia Kharkar, and she bathes too regularly to call herself a punk, were all too old to do so at this point. Thats not say that punk rock didnt help shape my aesthetic. It did. And the whole staff is passionate about music, but Im not so sure that affects the magazine. Well, the forthcoming issue, our seventeenth dispatch, is titled Holy Hootenanny: Human Music, but thats a coincidence. I think.
The lineup (seniority before beauty):
William Waltz, Founder and Editor: Born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio, home of the first man on the moon; Bachelors degree in Economics, one of the last to study and admire the Soviet economy; lives in Minneapolis; poet and newly ordained minister; collector of arrowheads and canned meats; graduate school survivor; percussion and sitar.
Brett Astor, Deputy Editor: Queens girl; Liberal Arts college success story; earns living with degree; film and video editor; enjoys shoes and hot, strong coffee; signed on to Conduit after the premier issue; married founding editor after issue seven; electric guitar, banshee howl, melodious angst, lead singer.
Steve Healey, Associate Editor: Product of Virginia sprawl; son of a CIA operative; met Waltz, Astor, and Anderson in Massachusetts; five years later joined the Conduit staff; likes grad school so much he went back for more; newly wed; poet; prefers kale to cabbage; plays drums with a vengeance and a protruding tongue.
Zoe Anderson, Web Mistress: Recently returned to her native Portland after conquering Brooklyn; fascinated with monsters of the deep, pay phones, and mousetraps; artist; pet portraitist; Smith College alum; drunken melodica.
Randall Heath, Art Director: The new guy; brought color fetish to Conduit with issue 16; artist and wise guy; actual Minnesotan; lives in San Francisco; makes boxes with eyeholes; raises carnivorous plants; clothes hound; book designer; freelancer, will work for medicinal marijuana; tapes loops and environmental sounds.
Sonia Kharkar, Super Intern: Friends fanatic; pride and joy of Macalester College, the practical one of the group; violin.

TL: Give me the when and how of Conduits beginnings. Did it start as a zine? Was it a lit mag from the starting gate?

WW: Yes, always a lit mag, always a champion of poetry. I never really considered Conduit a zine, but Im not entirely sure what makes a zine a zine. Is it the production? The writing? The budget? For a few hundred dollars and a ton of paper cuts, the first two issues were cut and pasted, copied, collated and stapled at Kinkos, yet at least a half of dozen of the twenty poets in those issues went on to publish their first books including the wildly popular David Berman. After issue two we left the production to the professionals, and by the sixth issue Conduit was perfect-bound, and I think a spine automatically excludes you from zine-dom.

TL: Would you stone me or laud me for claiming that while Conduits editorial mission privileges training in the conventions of poetry, it seeks discourses that disrupt finite definitions of poetic narrative? Why the stoning? Why the validation? And, tell me briefly what Brenda Hillmans work, for example, expresses about Conduits editorial mission?

WW: Stone and laud! How could I resist? Stone you because of the word privileges. It suggests, to me, that we, the editorial board, read resumes before we read poems and that we are interested in the training, credentials, and past accomplishments of poets. We are not. But it is safe to say that good writers write and that is training.and although that is important, it is not the only thing that contributes to compelling writing.
And, Ill laud you for astutely noticing our soft spot for innovation. One of our slogans is the only magazine that risks annihilation. And although we say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, we believe it. We look for poems that take risks, not for risks sake but in order to discover and uncover, to say and to create something essential and true, something beautiful. I think risks, be they emotional, tonal, formal, etc., beget originality. Any poet worth reading is unique and the best are innovators. Brenda Hillman is one such poet. Her poems, as challenging as they may be, are not plates of academic word salad but unique ways of imagining and thinking about our world, rendered with honesty and humility.

TL: If you consider the perspective of a literary magazine, profiles like Carpooling with Thomas Frank align Conduit more with magazines like Punk Planet, rather than conventional literary magazines. Is Conduit a response to more traditional literary magazines, or is it merely another choice?

WW: I started Conduit because there were very few literary magazines that I enjoyed reading, so in a sense Conduit is a response to old school journals (I might add that since Conduit arrived on the scene in 1993 there has been an explosion of lit mags, many of which I find compelling). But, ultimately, I find response too limiting. Rebellion is boring. Forgive me for saying it, but were following our collective muse, trying to make a magazine that provides a rich, multi-faceted experience. And, our interviews with people like Thomas Frank and Barbara Ehrenreich are part of our over-arching mission to put the world in poetry and poetry into the world at large, to lure new readers to the wonderful world poetry.


TL: Tell me how the visual design of Conduit fits with its editorial mission of thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus. For example, apparently size and shape do matter; how and why do they matter? What does Conduit want to say visually about its editorial mission when sitting next to its counterparts on the shelf?

WW: Conduit stands out, literally, and we like it that way. The tall, skinny format immediately sets us apart from 99% of the industry, and we hope that might entice a curious-minded reader or two to pick up a copy. Were interested in challenging assumptions and contrivances, be they artistic or design-related. But, more importantly, the size and shape are part of our holistic approach to the project. A magazine ought to be more than a hundred pages glued together. Design is just one of the tools with which we can make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Besides Conduit fits in your back pocket.

TL: How would you describe Conduit's relationship to postmodernism? Themes like Gray Matters: the Light and Shadow of Doubt, Go Japan Go, and Love Poem Superstar call out for postmodern evaluations of subjectivity, rather than sentimentality. Agree or disagree?

WW: Im not sure what our relationship with postmodernism is these days. I suppose that means I should call and check in. Two of the three titles you cite inhabit the primordial ooze of issues to come. Some will crawl forth, others will, thankfully, reside only in dreams.
If Conduit were in tune with the zeitgeist, then I think it would operate on multiple levels using numerous modulations. And if Conduit were to fulfill its promise, it would do so by conducting the various levels and modulations until they sang, not unlike a triumphant poem.

You can access more information about Conduit at http://www.conduit.org/.

Note: The cover of issue #16pictured abovewas designed by Scott Bruno. Bruno, who joined Conduit as Art Director when he redesigned issue #5, bid farewell with the cover of issue #16 before handing the reigns to Heath.

copyright 2006 Tess. Lotta