Looking Back at 2017

Here are our twelve most-read interviews of 2017.


Khaty Xiong

“Hold fast to your obsessions, and be faithful.”

Ode to the Far Shore (Platypus Press, 2016)



Aaron Coleman

“I’m obsessed with figuring out what home is and can be. What faith is and can be. What love, violence, masculinity, kinship, desire are and can be…”

St. Trigger (Button Poetry, 2016) 



Nicole Sealey

“I’m obsessed with the human condition—I’m a stereotypical poet in that way.”

The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named  (Northwestern University Press, 2016)



Chloe Honum

“I wanted to write into [the] opening created by bewilderment.”

Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017)



Zeina Hashem Beck

“I think the act of writing poems is, in its essence, an act of translation.”

There Was and How Much There Was  (smith|doorstop, 2016)

Louder than Hearts (Bauhan Publishing, 2017)



Eileen R. Tabios

“I tinker a lot with subverting the form of (auto)biography.”

IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems In A New Land (Moria Books’ Locofo Chaps, 2017)



Elizabeth Acevedo

“I’m moved by the conversation I think we are all having of considering place and home and the ferocity of language it takes to reclaim all the pieces that make us.”

Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016)



Aozora Brockman

“Do we lose our ‘selves’ when we lose our memories?”

Memory of a Girl (Backbone Press, 2016)



Mary B. Moore

“Poetry is a way of discovery for me, not an after-the-fact recording of insight. Poetry is the insight.”

Eating the Light (Sable Books, 2016)


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Momtaza Mehri

“For me, there’s always been an uncritically indulgent element to the act of observation, especially from the perspective of the diaspora. I wanted to speak to that as much as it could possibly be spoken.”

Sugah Lump Prayer (Akashic Books, 2017)



Yalie Kamara

Yalie Kamara

“The driving obsession for the chapbook was the desire to write about how humans interact with the world when they feel loved, isolated, or both.”

When The Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017)



Anders Carlson-Wee & Kai Carlson-Wee

“[Two-Headed Boy] is about the danger of intimacy, the endurance of family, and the redemption and camaraderie of adventure.”

Two-Headed Boy (Organic Weapon Arts, 2017)


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