Eileen Myles on Marking the Culture

H. L. Hix: The attitude toward culture expressed in the lines “I’ll just write / into it” (43) intrigues me.  What does this (writing into culture, rather than about it, say, or from a place already within it) imply for you about the subjects and purpose of your writing, and how it stands in relation to other aspects of your life?


Eileen Myles: I think writing into it implies the physical space of the culture. How we are participating in it when we are thinking and writing. I don’t think writing is ap art. If anything it’s connective tissue. When I write I’m participating more deeply, marking it (the culture) it seems to me.


Myles, Eileen.  Sorry, Tree.  Wave Books, 2007.

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