Ed Pavlić, interviewed by Joe Milazzo, at Entropy, about Pavlić’s book Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: INFERNO (Fence Books, 2015):


“Maybe ‘time’ itself is the always re-creative product of the constantly shifting shape of millions of lives (all of them in some way grieving / remembering the no-longer alive) washing together into political and experiential terrains.”




Emily LaBarge, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, on Fleur Jaeggy’s These Possible Lives, transl. by Minna Zallman Proctor (New Directions, 2017):


“The act of writing or telling a life is itself a form of translation — not only in terms of finding the right words, but also of bridging divides and of bringing one substance into another.”




Barbara Berman, in The Rumpus, on Dean Rader’s Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon Press, 2017):


“We come to poetry to take pleasure, and to ingest and face profundities in shapes our ears and eyes prefer to prose.”




Diane Glancy, author of It Was Then (Mammoth Press, 2012), interviewed by Russell Bogue in The Adroit Journal:


“Native heritage is an awareness of the past, of the closeness of the ancestors, and whatever is spirit.”



Across Differences

Neil Shepard, interviewed by Tony Reczek in Delphi Quarterly, about Shepard’s book Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012):


“The local offers, at best, a place small enough so that we might begin to talk across the borders of our differences. At the local level, we must look at the folks with whom we disagree, rather than send missiles raining down upon them from afar.”



Complex Transaction

Maggie Milner, in Zyzzyva, writing about Joan Naviyuk Kane’s Hyperboreal (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2013):


“The complex transaction between ecological and emotional dictions … reminds us that, while global warming and globalization may represent distinct threats to arctic biomes and their indigenous human cultures, … both phenomena share the same social and economic origins.”




David Daniel, interviewed Gregory Donovan and David Wojahn in Blackbird, about Daniel’s book Seven-Star Bird (Graywolf Press, 2003):


“[Mystics] are always the freaks. They are the outsiders. They are the Rumis, sort of whirling around … in the very unofficial corners of the religion. … But always… the people in the mainstream are singing the songs, reading the poems, dancing the dances of those outsiders.”




Sreshta Rit Premnath, editor of Shifter, on “Critique as Unlearning,” on e-flux:


“… it would be prudent to take the contingency of one’s position as a given and use the framework of critique to reveal and examine the assumptions that underlie the creation and reception of artwork.”




Jim Daniels, interviewed by Andy Kuhn at Katonah Poetry Series, about Daniels’ book Show and Tell (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2003):


“Using figurative language can perhaps seem like a luxury if you’re in the middle of the assembly-line or having a gun pointed at you. There’s a relentless urge to be understood, to be clear.”




Camille Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade, interviewed by Ishah Houston and Taylor Mel, in Punctuate:


“I think the job of the writer is to write the best work that they possibly can as frequently as they are able to do so. Some writers write just one great book. But that one great book takes us further.”