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10 Questions for David Freeman

- By Christin Howard

“The swan is known for her singing, records
herself and gives the record to the boy
she has raped. In this way, she tapes over
the notes as they happened…”
—From "Third Swan," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
It’s hard to say because a lot of my earliest writing was writing comic books and fantasy stories based on the Lord of the Rings VHS tapes my parents kept in our house. Like many writers, I didn’t get into poetry until later on, and much of the work I produced in the first few years I felt pretty unsure about. However, I think one of the first poems I wrote that I remember strongly was a poem from the perspective of a...


10 Questions

10 Questions for M.A. Untch

- By Christin Howard

“Stars crept through bedroom windows to feed the dark.
Everybody became a friend that died.
Blitzed desire tiptoed in from all directions.
Wintered, feverish roses bloomed on yellowed sheets.
Not me, thinking back as far as I could– who
            did I touch? How many sheets spilled over my bed…” From "Better Angels II," Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote:
I wrote a poem “Estate Sale” while visiting relatives in Appomattox, VA. My aunt was having a lawn sale. When I started the poem, I had no idea where I was going with it until...


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10 Questions for Alice Friman

- By Christin Howard

“But I do wish
we had found the courage to use
those purpled hours and put them
to work: defy decorum and undress.
peel off,disrobe, strip down to the very
bones if necessary.” —From “On the Overnight Train” Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I wrote poems in college. Didn't everyone? Terrible poems of love-longing and seventeen-year-old misery. But the first poem I ever wrote that I worked on and saved I called "Beneath My Heart." I had a friend who was pregnant and I wanted to express, to put into words, the tight clutch of a fetus—that little fist of 3rd month cells, that— well you see, I couldn'...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Robert Carr

- By Emma Kemp

I found a small white tangerine.
It’s in my head, squeezed
Between what I perceive and what
I call things.

From Every Thought Is Citric Summer 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The poem that comes to mind is G.R.I.D (gay-related immune deficiency). In the first years of the epidemic, this acronym was used to describe AIDS. I generated this poem in workshop with Ada Limón at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown about four years ago - which is about the same time I seriously committed to writing poetry. Addressing the AIDS epidemic became a central...


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