form of our uncertainty //
Gil Ott tribute
Ed. by Kristen Gallagher
In cunjunction with Chax Press, Charles Alexander
Featuring new poetry, prose by Gil Ott.
Interviews, responses by:
Rachel Blau DuPlessis,
"Evidence of Gil Ott's proficiencies have been left in spray paint
and street-corner soliloquies, as well as in his work of editing and publishing
the poetry and prose of writers practicing diverse tactics and politics.
One thing has concerned him consistently: "the struggle to articulate"
His acceptance of uncertainty and his history of stirring things
up in status-quo-ville are the defining qualities of Gil Ott's poetics.
One thing Gil says he has often reacted against is the assumption that
'people seek out order' ...Perhaps much of Gil's work gets
its distinctive edge from his ability to hold tensions and attune to complex,
often contradictory senses ...In all of Gil's work one can find a certain
pleasure he refers to as 'the satisfaction of articulation'
- a presence of hearing and saying, of finding relation through more relation."
- Kristen Gallagher, from the introduction
"I find Gil's ability to move across aesthetic and political
lines in a local, unpatronizing, non-ideological and generous way, still
all too rare. At the same time, he has managed to remain fiercely independent
and completely uncompromising - it is out of such fabric that the best
of our culture, a culture that we can claim to be part of, is woven. As
such phenomena become recognized more generally
Gil's past and present
will find their rightful place in American literary and
- Ammiel Alcalay
"Gil's words shift and slip past the reach of the greedy, comprehending
mind. I glimpse images and find myself dreaming whole stories when I read
- Eli Goldblatt
"To be an artist who works with language is to have your hands on
a great secret, an illusion. It is truly the source of power in our world.
And there are no forms of language that have not contributed to some abuse
of power. This realization set me out early on, looking for incorruptible
forms. The equation was: disruption of the illusion = exposure of the
abuse. Some time ago, however, I realized that this is a mighty big prescription
- Gil Ott, interviewed by Kristen Gallagher
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