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1. Your poetry is so tactile, lush, and influenced by interactions; it explores the nature of relationships as it delves into nature itself. What about animals and nature inspires you? Since you experiment with form quite often, does nature also influence your poems in that way?
I think there is an alphabet and language of of the outdoors that helps me develop my own language in observance of human relationships that never ceases to delight and astonish me. In other words, I believe poetry about and from the natural world can make you feel like you’ve traveled, can give you a rush of understanding of less familiar landscapes, and a thunderstorm in your heart or brain. It can make you hear music all day even if the world around you seems music-less.
Salem’s eccentric writer Malcolm Miller died in 2014, but his story and poetry are getting a new life in Unburying Malcolm Miller, a documentary premiering on Friday 5 May at 5:30 as part of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
The 60-minute work by filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse (both poets themselves) will be screened in the Morse Auditorium at the Peabody Essex Museum, followed by a brief discussion about the poet and the making of the documentary.
The festival schedule is live! Join us in downtown Salem for nearly 100 poetry readings and workshops, a small press and literary fair, panels, poetry slams, and open-air readings at the 9th Mass Poetry Festival.
2017 Headliners: Louise Glück · Eileen Myles · Kazim Ali · Andrea Cohen · Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic · Ross Gay · Rigoberto González · Aimee Nezhukumatathil · Emily Pettit · Tom Sleigh · Dara Wier
Soft and young
these babies have no defenses
against the war raging in this apartment.
Door slams reverberate like bullet casings
bouncing on concrete floors.
Hiding under beds to block bombs
disguised as words,
but sounds slip througha
poisonous gas that burns
sense of safety.