Hello, all, and welcome back for the second week of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!
Today, our featured participant is Summer Blues, where the fortuitous poem for Day Seven is full of mystery.
Our interviewee for the day is Dorothea Lasky. The interview we’ve linked came out at the same time as her first book, but since then, Lasky has published two additional books. You can find more on Lasky’s work and some of her poems here and a sampler of her early poems here.
And now for our (optional) prompt. Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that relies on repetition. It can be repetition of a phrase, or just a word. Need a couple of examples? Try “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe, or Joy Harjo’s “She Had Some Horses”. Poe’s poem creates a relentless, clanging effect through the repetition of the word “bells,” while Harjo’s repeated use of the phrase “she had some horses” and variations thereof gives her poem poem its incantatory effect, while also deepening its central philosophical conceit of what things are the same and what things are different.