An Interview With Marianne Boruch

la-et-jc-100000-kingsley-tufts-poetry-award-go-001An interview with faculty member Marianne Boruch appears at Divedapper:

You describe your approach to writing poetry by saying you simply put out your begging bowl and wait to see what drops in. Can you talk about what this looks like, in practice?

It’s fairly simple really. This has been my method for years, this whole business of the “begging bowl” habit to start a poem. It might be a way to avoid too much self-obsession and navel-gazing, the great danger of the genre, and at least to begin in the world, the not-you, looking out to it with no agenda besides the usual wonder and puzzlement. What you find out there will bring you inward eventually, back and forth between image and idea as the poem moves toward a first line, but there’s also a lot of patience involved, that wait and mystery: what will come into my head, and how will everything proceed up or down from there? Going blank — clearing the mind to zero, no expectations or clear aims — is crucial. Intention is worthless. And then you really do wait, or at least I do. Of course once that first line’s in place, you follow it who knows where, and that’s where the meticulous care begins.

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“Oracion por Justin Bigos” by Timothy Cook

A poem by alumnus Timothy Cook (poetry, ’08), “Oracion por Justin Bigos,” appears at The Collagist:

“He was the melting pot, the saucepan

heating marinara for pouring over
ziti & meat that weeks earlier
grazed outside his window. He was tall”

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First Person: Rose McLarney

Alumna Rose McLarney (poetry, ’10) has written about her work for State, the official magazine of Oklahoma State University:

Poetry professor Rose McLarney recently published her second collection of poems,Its Day Being Gone, which won the National Poetry Series. The critically acclaimed collection examines the quality of memory as seen in centuries-old folktales and in how individuals form recollections of their lives. The second-year OSU professor received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Her first poetry collection, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, was published in 2012. She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her poetry. STATE asked McLarney to write something for our readers about her work. We were delighted to receive the following, which falls somewhere between prose poem and essay.

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“Olfactory Clues” by Martha Zweig

UnknownThe poem “Olfactory Clues” by alumna Martha Zweig (poetry, ’98) appears in the Boston Review:

That’ll be that bum raccoon pair now, rumble my dumpster!
All-hours backwoods masque, Soldier-of-
Fortune loves Prima Donna for the little ways her
fingers do fishheads & for the inquisition

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“Jacinte” by Jayne Benjulian

Unknown-1A poem by alumna Jayne Benjulian (poetry, ’13) appears in the Rappahannock Review:

 

Jacinte

We walked through the cemetery,
William Cognat’s grave blasted

by an oak, cement chunks
shoved up the hillsides,

 

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