“The poet is the gatekeeper who determines that all is a blessing, the good and the bad. So I say in unison with my daughter, include it all in the poetry—sorrow, tears, broken hearts, as well as the delicious madeleines and the glass of cold milk. Every morning, we open our eyes. There should be anticipation and gratitude for the gifts that will be delivered that day.” – Richard Jones
Read the full interview, published by the Chicago Review of Books: here: https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/06/21/stranger-on-earth-richard-jones-interview/
“Birding alone makes sense to Adrian. As a child he felt that ‘birds lifted everything up,’ but that ‘inside the town with its concrete and its buildings, inside the houses with their rooms taped together like boxes, things were spilling, falling, gathering speed on their way to the ground.’ These lilting inner flourishes are when White really shines.”
Read Meredith’s full review of White’s book here.
Check out the full interview for the Chicago Review of Books here!
The current issue of After Hours, Issue 35, features Meredith’s poem “Octopus,” originally written with the Chicago poems-on-demand group Poems While You Wait. Check out the PWYW Tumblr here.
I was able to celebrate Poetry Month this past April with a poem published in Burningword Lit. Journal. You can read “After the War” online here: https://www.burningword.com/2017/04/after-the-war/
If you want to buy the whole issue (which I suggest!) you can purchase it through Magcloud.
Minimal Space and More Precise Details
“Once you start writing poetry, it starts to influence everything; thoughts, emails, texts, so of course the rest of my prose is affected. Each word, each blank space, each punctuation mark must represent something in a poem, and now I’m able to use that mentality when approaching prose. Hopefully that can only make my writing better and more interesting.”
Meredith’s short nonfiction piece “Gravity” appears in Issue 27 of Mud Season Review, out January 20, 2017.
From the Letter from the Editor, “The moments and observations that Boe weaves together here provide the reader with a window into this complexity, a mind that seems to be experiencing denial, sadness, and a reluctant acceptance all at once.”
Read it here: http://mudseasonreview.com/2017/01/nonfiction-issue-27/