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What are you working on now?
Since the summer of 2015, I have been devoting most of my creative energy to a prose project, Cardhouse and the Cage, which re-imagines Faerie as the collective ‘dumping ground’ for the sentient excess of life on earth (eg unfulfilled dreams and wishes, fantasies, excess thoughts, memories, death). The plot follows four human girls ensnared by the glamorous promises and parasitical designs of fairy drug-lord. I do not know what form this piece will ultimately take: it may well be a novel, but I also mean to use it as an experiment in collaborative fiction. I am additionally working on a sequel to an original play that I premiered in the early spring of 2015, Annabel Lost, as inspired by the contributions of my lead actor and the fact that the ending never quite communicated everything I meant it to.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems?
My father traveled Monday through Friday, selling chemicals for an oil company. Underneath his grey suit, he was a Renaissance man and I missed him terribly. Perhaps that’s what made Sunday evenings so memorable, when he would stretch across the bed and read aloud to my sisters and me: “The time has come,” the Walrus said,/ “To talk of many things:/ Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—/ Of cabbages and kings—/ And why the sea is boiling hot—/ And whether pigs have wings.”
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sometimes a blind man
can feel the petals
of a black woman’s complexion
absorb the scent of her body
when the breeze follows the rhythm
as she walks on a crowded street noon
sometimes a silky white blouse
adorns with laces the fullness of her breast