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10 Questions for Joanne Dominique Dwyer

- By By Edward Clifford

I don't believe in Judgement Day,
but there are people who devoutly do.
They bank on the dead rising like rehabilitated birds:
parrots & finches, tanagers & herons—
birds whose necks were broken and then restored.
Or the dead rising like repaired robots.
The thin pink-colored sugar water
in hummingbird feeders will re-inhabit veins.
—from "Erasure," Volume 61, Issue 2 (Summer 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
My early poems were roused by love; the most ordinary human impetus to take ink to paper.

My first love poem was for/about J. He had recently died in an Arizona jail. The story was that alcohol had been smuggled into the jail and J. was singing...


10 Questions for L.S. McKee

- By Edward Clifford

You hold my fists of loneliness
that clench the clumsy weight
of last ditch caresses. Beat into
your vinyl sheen is the pain I lug
to your altar to put the pain in
my hands:busted knuckle,
bound wrist, sprained heart,
—from "Alva and the Ode to a Punching Bag," Volume 61, Issue 2 (Summer 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I was a bookworm growing up, so I took a stab at writing a few “novels” in elementary school. One was called “Enemy Lovers,” which is hilarious to me on many levels. I probably got the idea from a vague understanding of Romeo and Juliet and—even more likely—my sneaky watching of soap operas after school. I also found several...


10 Questions for Kathleen Winter

- By Edward Clifford

The famished ermine trimming the patron’s coat

                        was meant as an emblem of wealth.



10 Questions for Matt Rinaldi

- By Edward Clifford

The days had been dry, rainless.

And even without rain, there was green there, sprouting in the backyard.

That's what he was thinking about that day and what he was going to ask Dad when he got home. Why the green was sprouting there, right in front of the step where he was sitting in the backyard.
—from "Keeping Time" by Maria José Silveira, Translated by Matthew Rinaldi, Volume 61 Issue 2, (Summer 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
Years back I translated excerpts of Roberto Piva’s poetry...


10 Questions for Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

- By Edward Clifford

When one braids together
a horse
and a fence

it isn't pretty:
mangle of mane and wire, twisted legs
cedar splints. Once

on a hill
in a far country
I watched some horses across a dust road
—from "Range," Volume 61, Issue 2 (Summer 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
Hmmm. One piece, back in undergrad, I remember clearly. I was studying with Diane Wakoski; her workshop method was unusual. Each week we passed around copies of our new poems and read them aloud without comment, while she took notes. After, we watched as she arranged the poems from “best” to “worst”; then we workshopped in that order—“best” to “worst...

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