Poet and editor Jennifer Moxley was born and raised in San Diego. She studied at University of California, San Diego; the University of Rhode Island, where she completed her BA; and Brown University, where she earned an MFA.

Moxley’s poems combine lyric and innovative looks at daily life while interrogating societal comfort. Reviewing Clampdown for the Nation, poet Ange Mlinko noted, “Moxley's ethical anxieties emanate from a central unease, unease at home, and ripple out to touch nation, earth and cosmos. But … Moxley does not sublimate her psychology and social perspective.” “Truth in my work is just that: a question,” asserted Moxley in an interview with Noah Eli Gordon for the Denver Quarterly. “I am a poet because language, especially as it lives in poetry, approximates my idea of truth in a more satisfying and meaningful way than any other human production or activity.”

Moxley is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Imagination Verses (1996), Often Capital (2005), The Line (2007), and Clampdown (2009), as well as the memoir The Middle Room (2007). A noted translator, Moxley has translated Jacqueline Risset’s collections of poetry, The Translation Begins (1996), and essays, Sleep’s Powers (2008), as well as Anne Portugal’s Absolute bob (2010).

Moxley has won the Denver Quarterly’s Linda Hull Award, and her work has been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry (2002), Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (2004), and American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009).

Moxley has served as poetry editor for The Baffler, a contributing editor for The Poker, and a founding editor of The Impercipient and The Impercipient Lecture Series. Since 2001, she has taught at the University of Maine.


Jennifer Moxley Poems

Dividend of the Social Opt Out

How lovely it is not to go. To suddenly take ill.
Not seriously ill, just a little under the weather.
To feel slightly peaked, indisposed. Plagued by
a vague ache, or a slight inexplicable chill.... more »

There Is a Birdsong at the Root of Poetry

For Ann Lauterbach
Hemmed in by an un-

tenable image:... more »

What Was It?

I was eating my dinner alone,
sitting on the living-room couch
watching a movie on TV for company... more »

Jennifer Moxley Quotes

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