Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Jaswinder Bolina : part three

What poets changed the way you thought about writing?

There are several. So many. Maybe every poet changes the way I think about writing. Actually, that feels perfectly correct. Every single poet I read changes the way I think about writing. But if you mean the big list that helped make my work whatever it seems to be, it includes O’Hara and Ashbery—who were my entry points into poetry when I began writing it in earnest in college—H.D., Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Lucille Clifton, James Tate, Mary Ruefle, Dean Young, Ross Gay, and Wallace Stevens. I’m tempted to add more here than that even, but I’ll stop by saying at least one chamber of my heart belongs to David Berman’s one and only book Actual Air.

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