Interviews

My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits: Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

On My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits by Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

This special feature includes poems, artwork, and an interview.

An Interview with Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky on Recent Projects

It’s the wide range of readers and voices—famous poets and high school kids, trolls and scholars, churls and mensches, with insight and blather—that appeals to me. This interview is a follow-up to our 2011 interview, in which we discussed the author’s long-standing work at Slate. It’s a pleasure to speak with you again, Robert! Since we last talked, the “Classic […]

Here the Branches Root – An Interview with Austrian Poet Helwig Brunner

Here the Branches Root: Austrian Poet Helwig Brunner

Helwig Brunner holds degrees in classical music and biology. His work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in Europe and elsewhere (e.g. New European Poets, Graywolf Press, 2008; Four Way Review, No Man’s Land, and The Adirondack Review). Brunner has published nine books of poetry (most recently Die Sicht der Dinge: Rätselgedichte, edition keiper, 2012) and some […]

An Interview with Julian Peters

An Interview with Julian Peters

How did your interests in poetry and comic book art come together? Did you grow up reading comics? My interest in combining comics and poetry began in my early twenties when I conceived the idea of creating a biography of Arthur Rimbaud in comics. This was soon after my discovery of poetry, but as for comics, I had been a […]

My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits: Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

On My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits by Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones

The California Journal of Poetics had the recent pleasure of discussing the dynamic artistic collaboration My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits with its creators, poet and musician Kim Addonizio and musician and printmaker/artist Charles Jones. We invite you to enjoy this glimpse into their creative processes and what inspired them to make this journey together, as well as a […]

Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones “Sing” the Blues

Kim Addonizio & Charles Jones “Sing” the Blues

  Award-winning Bay Area poet Kim Addonizio, author or co-author of more than ten poetry collections, novels, guides to writing, anthologies, and musical collaborations (and known to play a mean mouth harp), has joined creative forces with artist, printmaker, writer, and musician Charles Jones on a stunning collection of poems and woodcuts titled My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits. […]

An Interview with Jeffrey McDaniel

An Interview with Jeffrey McDaniel

Jeffrey McDaniel has a fifth book of poetry due out soon, entitled Chapel of Inadvertent Joy. In it he draws inspiration from Marina Tsvetaeva. He recently took a little time to discuss his poetry with the California Journal of Poetics.   At readings you’ve mentioned a childhood friend from Philadelphia who inspired dark persona poems that tackle drug use and run-ins with […]

“Perfume Bottles Momentarily Unstopped”: A Perspective on Two Collections of Interviews

“Perfume Bottles Momentarily Unstopped”: A Perspective on Two Collections of Interviews

One hopes that in this new age, interviewers and editors continue to value the in-person, in-home interview, though they are out of vogue and more difficult to schedule and execute.     Tony Leuzzi’s Passwords Primeval: American Poets in Their Own Words (BOA Editions, NY 2012) is a collection of interviews with a wide range of poets (Dorianne Laux, Gary […]

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

It’s just what Stein was talking about: letting images (just as words) go where they want. It’s about allowing imagination into your process.   Bianca Stone is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press) and I Saw The Devil With HIs Needlework (Argos Books). She is also illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions). Her […]

Scientific Materialism and Poetics: An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos

Scientific Materialism and Poetics: An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos

I think maybe I’m an animist at heart. I know I’m an animal, and am part of a lineage of animals. I tend to see commonality and exchange between species and beyond (say, rocks and bones) rather than demarcations.   “Language is simply alive, like an organism… Words are the cells of language, moving the great body, on legs. Language […]

An Interview with Sarah Maclay

An Interview with Sarah Maclay

 We’re living in a moment that is not so much definitively regional or strictly hierarchic as it is kaleidoscopic.   Sarah Maclay is a poet, critic, and teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, but draws experience from a life spanning the United States and Europe. She has written three books of poetry, is working on a fourth, collaborative book, and […]

Moya Cannon

An Interview with Moya Cannon

I found Carrying the Songs a great introduction to your poetry. It displays the elegance of your poems, your strong, sensual connection to nature, and your musicality in both subject matter and technique. There is tremendous musicality in your poems and music is often a subject or symbol. It is obvious that you have a deep personal relationship with rhythm […]