Interview with Joey De Jesus
[The real work is discovering a poem's] rules and regulations, the channels for its energy. Some forms—[sonnet, ghazal, haiku]—seem to transcend linguistic and cultural origins…. Others [such as] sapphic stanzas [are valuable because] they don't translate as well so they force a poet writing in [English] to work three times as hard to match those [rhythms] into this dactylic-trochaic structure that would be much easier to achieve in Sappho's Greek. [I think] writing formal verse is easier in general than free verse [because it's harder]: it makes the poet work harder. It is easier to be lazy in free verse, easier not to pay attention to either music or meaning, easier to throw an improperly balanced pot….
Your son turns restive in his sleep
Whispered away by morning to dusk
Verses bloom along his wrists and throat
In bright sentences his name is cut
Aim for the sky. Cock the shit and shoot.
The block is. Hot, the block is hot
Ashes to ashes, dust to... Dust
It. Watch it. Turn it. Leave it.
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Cover image is "Vision," a painting by Prem Singh Charan
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