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Will Hubbard

Poetry | $14 $12
"a beautiful amalgam of public and private mysteries" — Matthew Rohrer

The prose-poems in Cursivism, like the form of writing after which the book is named, approach their subjects boldly, parsing instants of memory with complex, unbroken strokes.

About the Author

Will Hubbard

Will Hubbard grew up in North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Advance Praise

I love Will Hubbard's Cursivism. In discrete little blocks of prose that move like poems Hubbard achieves a humble universality and a beautiful amalgam of public and private mysteries. There is something about the deftness with which he speaks of books, family—especially his father—and the changing light and passing qualities of the natural world that is a great comfort to read. In this miniature space he's created that is both private and public, both a physical space and a mental space, I feel welcomed.—Matthew Rohrer
The painter Uccello famously was in love with the concept of perspective and I think Will Hubbard is, too. In his first collection, Cursivism, Hubbard sets up a series of poem pieces that all exalt into a grand poetry scene. The pieces and the scene are gorgeous and they fit together and also exist separately. When I read this book, I thought immediately of apotheosis and Uccello’s ideas and what that might mean for the divine to truly be in the everyday. This book gives me clues and it gives me an answer—which is that perspective is everything we are searching for in this lifetime. Hubbard has figured this out for us. Let this book show you the way.—Dorthea Lasky
A more sober Kora in Hell, a more manic Minima Moralia, Cursivism contains some of the best blasts of short prose I've read in quite some time. Peculiarly implacable, Will Hubbard manages (and then some) to yank meaning (and then some) from what he calls 'the creeping void of time.'—Graham Foust
His work is a testament to the fact that what we imagine has the power to change us, though maybe not in a way that can be measured in sunburns or lengths of days. Hubbard’s poems impart the knowledge that despite the struggle it can be to navigate day in and day out, change is as unpredictable as the ‘fickle wind,’ and our best bet is to let go, and ‘let it happen.’—the the poetry blog