David Rigsbee: from Prose to Poem

Poetry Northwest, as part of their discussion on self-translation and the poetic construction of memory, features a completed poem by David Rigsbee, titled “Zum,” alongside his prose recollection of the event that inspired it. PN writes, “For fun and for fascination’s sake, we present below two first-person “translations” of the same memory–the first prose, the second poetry–both penned by Rigsbee. Note the way that the poem both rewrites and overwrites, both conveys and buries, the prose account.” Click here to read both; it’s a fascinating peek into a brilliant poet’s creative process. David’s chapbook The Pilot House was released last year and is available for purchase here.

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