Delight

David Caplan, interviewed by Okla Elliott in As It Ought to Be, about Caplan’s book In the World He Created According to His Will (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2010):

 

“Whether in meter or free verse, a poem is well made when its formal elements instruct and delight.”

 

 

Luminous

Nancy K. Pearson, interviewed by Erin Coughlin at English Connect, about Pearson’s book The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone (Fordham Univ. Press, 2016):

 

“The ditches are burning, but there’s a luminous star.”

 

 

Haunting

Kevin Dublin, in Poetry International, writing about John Hoppenthaler’s Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon Univ. Press, 2015):

 

“Nothing is simple, there’s always a haunting turn….”

 

 

Concessions

Laurie Jean Cannady, interviewed by Remica Bingham-Risher in The Rumpus, about Cannady’s book Crave (Etruscan Press, 2015):

 

“I believe all of us want the same thing. We want to feel valued for whatever we bring to our respective communities. We want to feel safe and we want to feel loved. We want to feel like we’re part of something larger than ourselves. That often means concessions have to be made.”

 

 

Visibility

Andy Fitch, interviewed by Jill Magi on her blog, about Fitch’s Sixty Morning Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014):

 

“… many of the writers and artists I most admire say that they did their best work before the trappings of visibility caught up with them.”

 

 

Surround-sound

Maya Pindyck, interviewed by Abby MacGregor in The Massachusetts Review, about Pindyck’s book Emoticoncert (Four Way Books, 2016):

 

“… a history of this country … [is] a history of the quiet actions of bystanders, of complicity through passivity, of the illusion that the person who simply hears and nods is not responsible for someone else’s pain, of the surround-sound of silence.”

 

Smeared

Mark Irwin, interviewed by Andrew Wessels in Bookslut, about Irwin’s book Tall If (New Issues, 2008):

 

“I like to smear things toward clarity….”

 

 

Buzzing

Sueyeun Juliette Lee, in The Constant Critic, on Tonya M. Foster’s A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna, 2015):

 

“Lived sites are not static certainties, but buzzy propositions that whorl into view as inhabited instantiations.”

 

 

Cohesion

Jonathan Weinert, interviewed by Andy Fitch in Rain Taxi, about Weinert’s book In the Mode of Disappearance (Nightboat Books, 2008):

 

“Even cohesion and appearance are predicated in some way on a loss of unity, because if there’s no difference between who I am and what I see, what I am and what other things are, then there can be no metaphor, there can be no language, there can be no relationship, there can be no literature.”

 

 

Space

Stephanie McCarley Dugger, interviewed by Cass Hayes on The Sundress Blog, about Dugger’s book Either Way, You’re Done (Sundress Publications, 2017):

 

“Often, the necessary ends up being more space on the page than words. That white space gives me (and maybe the reader) a place to breathe.”