Interviews

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 […]

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which begins today, Tuesday, June 26th and ends on Sunday, July 1st, London’s Southbank Centre is organizing Poetry Parnassus—an international poetry event in the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games. Poets and spoken word artists nominated to represent each of the 204 countries participating in the Summer Olympics (through a system of public […]

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort

My personal history of violence is quite visible, yes, and it challenges first of all myself.   Valzhyna Mort’s previous two poetry collections, I’m as Thin as Your Eyelashes and Factory of Tears, garnered international acclaim, and she quickly developed a reputation as an electrifying reader. Mort has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout Europe and the US, and has […]

An Interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey

An Interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey

I think I must have a long-standing obsession with women who transform into monsters or animal spirits. The idea that women necessarily must live in two worlds—the animal and the human—kind of crosses over multiple cultures…   Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Seattle-area author of two books of poetry, She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books 2011), and Becoming […]

Robert Pinsky at Slate: An Interview

Robert Pinsky at Slate: An Interview

With all due respect to excellent organizations like the Academy and the Poetry Society of America, as a matter of my own eccentricities I much prefer the informal, personal, improvised forum of Slate. Robert Pinsky began his relationship with Slate.com in 1996. At the time, publicly available Internet was still a new phenomenon (Hotmail, the first web-based email service, launched […]

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

While the bones of the story stay the same, the art is in the telling, in the uncovering, in creating the form.   Gioia Timpanelli is one of the world’s foremost storytellers. Timpanelli doesn’t give readings; rather, she performs her work, quickly and deftly weaving between personal anecdotes and folktales from a variety of cultures and traditions, including her family’s […]

An Interview with Benjamin Paloff

An Interview with Benjamin Paloff

It is a kind of politics that allows us to live with this reality—the fact that everything, including our bodies, eventually fails, though we know not when. Welcome to CalJoPo! Your first book of poetry, The Politics, was published early in 2011.  It is a surprising collection of intellectual but playful poems that mix earnest statements and observations about the […]

Author Audio & Profile: Nikola Madzirov

Author Audio & Profile: Nikola Madzirov

From my father I learned to believe in doubt, and from communism I learned to doubt in believing. Recently, we interviewed Nikola Madzirov about his latest collection of poems translated from Macedonian into English, Remnants of Another Age. Read the interview here. We also had the chance to hear Madzirov read from Remnants. Click on the links below to hear […]

Building the Barricade and Other Poems of Anna Swir: A Conversation with Translator Piotr Florczyk

Building the Barricade and Other Poems of Anna Swir: A Conversation with Translator Piotr Florczyk

You see, ultimately translating is all about searching for some kind of kinship between two languages, a way to uncover that linguistic essence of the text itself.   Piotr Florczyk, welcome to The California Journal of Poetics! Even though you translated Anna Swir’s poems because you felt a connection to her poetry, is there significance in Swir’s work that Americans […]

An Interview with Katie Farris

An Interview with Katie Farris

So much of the book is about being comfortable with paradox, especially the paradoxes that surround us every day but we prefer not to consider—for instance, what is the experience of a person who is both girl and boy? What is the experience of unexpectedly falling in love with someone of the same gender?   Welcome to The California Journal […]


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