in Conversation with
Vi Khi Nao
Jessica Baer received their MFA from Brown University in 2017. Their work has been featured in Prelude Mag, Bone Bouquet, Pinwheel, Horse Less Journal, and other journals. Their chapbook, Holodeck One (2017), was published by Magic Helicopter Press. They love horses and live anywhere. In this interview, Jessica Baer talks about their Windy City, their Midwestern Infinity Doctrine, their beavertail beach self, their nonexistent umbrella, their eviscerating ecstasy. Please read our interview and their magnificent excerpt that led to this esoteric interview.
Vi Khi Nao: I appreciate your flexibility. How are you?
Jessica Baer: I’m feeling slushy, how are you!?
VKN: Slushy? Like cold and wet? Like a cocktail with rum?
JB: Slushy like runoff ice water sludge in Chicago, hehe, maybe a little rum.
VKN: I have never interviewed someone semi-rum(my)? before so thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a little bit buzzed. Speaking of buzzness (is that even a word?), your prose reads to me like a motorcycle swerving in and out of European cities indeterminately. How do you describe how words exit your consciousness onto the page? Do they move like a motorbike? Or something else entirely?
JB: Haha. Thank you so much for that beautiful image. Sometimes when I feel dislocated in spacetime, I find myself running up alley stairways in the Balkans but I never realized I was on a motorcycle until now. When I write I think of fluid dynamics, so like the eddies and suspensions of silt in a river and the breathless vertigo of the grace of being able to speak with myself fluently. I also definitely try to remain in proximity to death, like a stunt worker driving a motor bike.
VKN: Should your readers wear protective helmets or latex gloves when they read your work? What clothes should they wear when they open your prose?Read more...
Source: Jessica Baer in conversation with Vi Khi Nao: American Microreviews & Interviews, May 2019