Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Lauren Bender : part two

When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?

Absolutely, and what/whom I return to depends on what kind of renewal I’m looking for. For heart, vulnerability, I go to confessional poets, especially Anne Sexton (my original favorite, the first poet whose work I fell in love with) or the incredible Naomi Shihab Nye. For playfulness with language and musicality, Marvin Bell (The Book of the Dead Man and Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man Vol 2) or Amy Clampitt. I love the grab bag feel of anthologies, too, especially ones centered around a theme (like a nature / ecopoetry anthology), and I often dip into lit mags for inspiration in the same way. The weirdness of the work in Diagram always gets me going, for one.

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