As a collection of linked pieces under two discrete poem headings, STRAP/HALO grew out of my fascination with the macro and microcosmics of inner/inter personal connection. Here, I approach the physical body as multitude, as a collection of cells/entities intimately involved with the reproduction of, care toward, communication with, and destruction of each other. I am interested in how this internal tension innately speaks to our larger collective politics and metaphysical discourses. These inquiries also find echoes in the age of the digital community; the halo of presences resonating in a dissolute and crumbling sense of inadequate temporality. Desire, as a compass point, scores these gaps and holes, holding an unforeseen utopic potential, and its lack. Both the sound and its source together, conjoined in an instant of impact.
Jamie Townsend lives in East Kensington, Philadelphia where he is organizer of the c/c reading series, and a co-founder and editor of con/crescent, a chapbook publisher & magazine focused on discursive essay / creative non-fiction. He is the author of the chapbook Matryoshka (Little Red Leaves; forthcoming) and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in various publications, including The Cultural Society, Gam, Wheelhouse, Volt, Elective Affinities, Jacket2, The Poetry Project Newsletter & TRY.