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The poem itself should tell the reader the melody of itself by way of its combination of words.

Another Couplets interview, this time with Jericho Brown [note site auto-plays music], author of the gorgeous and brutal Please. Sample his poetry here [autplays music].   Joanne Merriam: What is your writing process? Jericho Brown: I think of writing, first, as a process of listening to some series of sounds that enter my mind and, […]

writing is my excuse for being myself

Another Couplets interview! This one with Jenniey Tallman, an emerging writer who is (at least in my opinion) one to watch. Her work includes poems like “study, nine” and “Truths about Suicidal Women,” and short stories like “At the park across the street from where Jane lives,” “Into the Rainforest,” “Rape Me Barbie” and the […]

how will we translate ourselves?

  To continue Couplets: a multi-author poetry blog tour (which I am organizing through Upper Rubber Boot Books to celebrate National Poetry Month), I interviewed Deirdre Dwyer, author of Going to the Eyestone and The Breath That Lightens the Body.   Joanne Merriam: What is your writing process? Deirdre Dwyer: I write a first draft […]

what we make waiting for death

  To kick off Couplets: a multi-author poetry blog tour (which I am organizing through Upper Rubber Boot Books to celebrate National Poetry Month), I interviewed Lyn Lifshin, one of America’s best (and most prolific) poets. Lifshin’s publications are too numerous to list here, but her most recent books include Tsunami as History, All The […]