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on trying and the sublime: Michael Czarnecki

20 Jan

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The whole thing about not trying, immediately brought to mind a Joni Mitchell song, and the times you impress me most are the times when you don’t even try, you don’t even try. It’s the same with so much of our life, when you don’t try that’s when you’re natural, when you flow with it, you don’t aim for the sublime, you just aim to put words out there and express your experience. And sometimes, it becomes sublime. But not because you were trying.

— the poet Michael Czarnecki, from an extended interview featured in the Winter 2013 issue

Slice the Air With Knives: poetry and 1997 interview, Jessica Hagedorn

10 Jan

A must-watch video. Still so fresh. From the interview (at :27 or so):

I think the landscape of north American literature is changing, and I think the wave of the future are these writers and artists of color. Biracial, multiracial, whatever. Because America itself is becoming more and more this mixed bag. I mean, it was dominated at one time by this one particular point of view. And no longer. It is still very slow, to me. And I think it is very threatening to a lot of keepers of the flame.

You open the door. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw out what’s already there. You just have to add to it.

conversation with the artist Rita Patel

4 Jan


Another Winter 2013 issue preview is ready. In early December, we sat down at Skype with Rita Patel to discuss her work and approach to creating. We came away quite inspired. And we know you’ll be inspired, too. The interview is peppered with links to the various influences she mentions. Enjoy!

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