Sarah Suzor’s poetry collection The Principle Agent is gorgeous inside and out; we were so thrilled to accept it as the Hudson Prize winner in 2010 (and even happier to accept her forthcoming collaborative manuscript with Travis Cebula, After the Fox). This month, Sarah sat down with Derek Alger at PIF Magazine, and talks about loving California, who inspires her writing, and how The Principle Agent was written:
“As its author I’m completely intertwined in the back-story of each line in The Principle Agent, so when I hear words like “razor-sharp intelligence… unnerving sophistication,” although I appreciate the description very much, I don’t even know how to respond. My favorite lines from the book are: “The sun’s light hit the windowsill. / She looked up and said: not as sorry as I am.” I’ll never tell the truth about the origin of those lines, but I sure get asked a lot of questions about them. I’ve decided my answer to every question that deals with the content of the book is, “Yes.” For example, is the book commenting on the ecological state of the world right now? Yes. Is the book commenting on the economic state of the world right now? Yes. Is the narrator a woman? Yes. Is the narrator a man? Yes. Is the book just a bunch of words thrown together? Yes. Is the book intentionally hyper-deliberate? Yes.
See, that’s why I write poetry. I never have to tell someone, “No.”
Click here to read this entire lovely interview, and here to buy a copy of Principle.
Shane McCrae, whose forthcoming poetry chapbook won the Black River Prize, is profiled in a Slate Online piece, where he discusses his inspiration and how identity and diversity factors into his writing. We can’t wait to publish his work!
This may have been posted on November 6, but we think Marc’s poetry is the best of every week. Feast your wits on “This Pantsuit Cannot Contain Us” and much more here. (And buy Fuse here!)
Carol Guess, author of the ingenious poetry collection Doll Studies: Forensics, writes about writing: “In fact I don’t like thinking of writing as writing, and I don’t believe really in the hype about rules, about how and who, about advice, about try this or that. I think some people have very loud radios, and I’m one of them, and if we don’t record the songs in our heads, we go crazy. If you don’t walk a dog, it chews up your shoes; it barks like a mad thing; it jumps all over the furniture. I mean the radio is a dog, too, this feral thing we try to tame.” More here; buy her wonderful book here.
A gem of a midday break: this interview with poet Mary Biddinger. She’s the best. (And, buy her books. They’re the best, too.)
Inside Scoop Live recently had the pleasure of speaking with author Kevin Pilkington, whose new novel Summer Shares is out now. Click here to listen to Kevin’s thoughts on new technology, the Hamptons, and more. Also, Kevin’s fantastic poetry collection, The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree, was recently named as a finalist for the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award for 2012! Congrats, Kevin!
Over at the How A Poem Happens blog, Hayden Saunier reveals the story behind her poem “Day Players in the Makeup Trailer,” which appeared in her sublime collection Tips for Domestic Travel. (Click here to buy a copy.)
The Story Prize interviews Adam Prince, author of the short story collection The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, about his thoughts on talent and inspiration: “I think inspiration is largely a myth. It’s tied to the myth of talent, which makes writers seem like we’re special people, sage-types who channel the infinite. Of course, I’m flattered when people tell me I’m talented, but I don’t really believe it. When I started writing, my work was terrible: overintellectual, overdramatic, unclear, pompous, abstract . . . And more than anything resembling talent, what I had going for me was a great interest in writing and an even greater fear of failure. I was bad, but I was willing to work really hard to get good. So when my students turn in a story that doesn’t go over too well in workshop, I tell them not to worry—that my own writing was much, much worse.” Click here to read the entire interview, and here to buy a copy of Adam’s incredible book.
Carol Guess, author of the remarkable poetry collection Doll Studies: Forensics, recently sat down with FlashFiction.net to talk about her writing process, the importance of compression, and her thoughts on MFA programs. Click here to read the interview, and here to buy a copy of her book.
The Seattle Star interviews Doll Studies: Forensics author Carol Guess, whose “mesmerizing” poetry collection found inspiration in forensic dioramas from the 1940s. Trust us, the resulting poems are phenomenally intriguing! Read the interview here, and buy a copy of Doll Studies here.