the new inquiry re: mira gonzalez’s work
Welcome to Week 4 of What Would Twitter Do? in which ten of my favorite people on Twitter talk about their Twitter philosophies, their do’s and don’ts, and what they make of the medium in general. This week I speak with the poet Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) who was born in 1992 in Los Angeles. She is the author of I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough To Make Us Beautiful Together (Sorry House, 2013) and her tweets and her poetry share a world: drugs, sex, loneliness, laziness, recklessness, self-loathing—she writes about these things in an extremely humourous and warm manner.
I wasn’t sure to what extent her performance on Twitter was just that, so was surprised when (asking her to contribute to a book I was putting together) her email reply was prompt, professional, incredibly polite—the opposite of what I would have expected from how she appeared online. It seemed we were suddenly living in a strange and backwards world, where a person’s public persona might be scattered and dissolute, and their private persona, professional and straight. A recent popular tweet of hers: “’success is the best revenge’ seems horrifying. id much rather just egg someones house or something.”
Her feed is brilliantly open, spontaneous, artful and unabashed. I was eager to speak to Mira for this series.
- Sheila Heti
w (possible) special guest readers chelsea martin, jordan castro, tao lin, etc.
*start puttin’ yr order together now. i don’t mind bein’ the “kill” person. there’s emotion in that.
(and before you start sub-tweetin’ or sub-bloggin’ how ‘fake’ ppl are, remember there isn’t one not-fake person alive, esp on the internet, and we know you on the internet if you readin this so. check. and mate. homey.)
Anonymous said: Just Write.
Metazen is taking a break
some selections from the archive:
- 'Why You Shouldn’t Be A High School Algebra 1 Teacher' by Mallory Whitten
- 'somewhere in the bottom of the rain' by Steve Roggenbuck
- 'The Caribou' by Cameron Pierce
- 'Phone Sex Notes' by Alexandra Naughton
- Two Poems by Ana Carrete
- Two Poems by Mira Gonzalez
- 'The End, My Beautiful Friend, The End' by Chris Dankland
- 'Junior Prom' by Chelsea Martin (a Metazen Film)
To be human—to exist in concrete reality and the imagination, to be material and immaterial—is to be paradoxical. And to transcend humanity—or, if that’s impossible, to go to where one can touch the wall, which bodies can’t cross, separating the human from the sublime—one first needs to be human, and embody paradox.
I imagine Mr. Knausgaard feeling on some level charged by his own existence, aware he’s closer to, or at least now positioned adjacent, the sublime as a result of the amount and scale of paradox he has accumulated in his life and, as a kind of side effect, generated in the world.”