An interview with Ren Powell, Big Tent Poetry Sideshow Barker
10 questions: poetry & technology (an interview series by Nic Sebastian at Very Like a Whale)
I love that language can be presented on the page with clauses that have to be seen and connected in the mind, that a metaphor about grief can hover in a collection until it is completed twenty pages later in a poem about a dog. But there was a time when Scandinavian poets used complicated meters and they could make those kinds of wonderful epic artworks through memory and aural performance. We’ve lost that, as poets and as audience members. We will certainly lose something of Poetry along the way. I expect we will have a newly defined form of Poetry through which to express our grief.
One of the neat things about this series at Very Like a Whale is that a number of our Sideshow Barkers are included, as well as other folks we read regularly. Look for January O’Neil and Dave Bonta’s responses soon, and be sure to read the entire series.
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