jasper avery’s number one earth joins previous winner’s of The Metatron Prize: Toronto-based Sofia Banzhaf for her manuscript Pony Castle and New York-based Sarah Jean Grimm for her manuscript Soft Focus. number one earth will be published in 2018.
number one earth is a conception of a(ny) past life, a mythical coherence and unity of self-image before the traumas of existing on this planet force us to cope, to nurse our wounds, to necessarily split our selves to survive. these traumas often centralize around gender and bodies, the ways we write body-ness onto ourselves and the ways this body-ness is read. number one earth is the life we inhabit before some piece of us is taken, broken, or hurt. number one earth mirrors the ways in which our deep wounds and our ways of healing them also become increasingly complex as we grow and learn, yet remains devoted to expressing tenderness towards self and world and demonstrates ones ability to rewrite our relationship with the world endlessly until it causes the smallest amount of pain possible.
jasper avery is a poet and musician from southern arizona, currently pursuing an MFA at Temple University. her work has appeared in fields magazine and & thriving, a collection of work by trans and gender nonconforming poets edited by Gloworm Press. Her first chapbook, ghost medicine, was published by Gloworm Press.