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A Poet, In Conversation With Poets

January 13, 2009

An interest in writing as a craft has driven many of the posts on this site — from my early musings here about diverse narrative forms to the now-regular series of interviews with other writers (most recently with Lewis Shiner, see below). In conjunction with those interests, I’m happy to recommend a new blog by Brian Brodeur, a friend and fellow writer.

Brodeur’s own poetry has been widely published, and last year brought the publication of a full-length collection of his work, Other Latitudes. (One of the poems from the book, “The Body,” was reprinted here last fall.) Brodeur’s new blog — “How A Poem Happens” — offers conversations with fellow writers on the craft of poetry. As he explains it, “Basically, I choose a single poem I love, quote the poem in the blog, ask the poet to answer eleven more-or-less standardized questions about that specific poem, and print those answers.” Simple enough, and yet truly enlightening.

So far, poets Eric Pankey and Stephen Dunn have been featured on the site, with more to come. I urge you to check it out.

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