Sunday, January 18, 2009

THE POETRY CHAIN GANG (part 1 w/ Missy McEwen)

The Black Telephone has five fast questions for poet Missy McEwen.

BT: I am a logophile, which is a lover of words. Do you have a favorite word at the moment? If so, what is it and why?

MISSY: I love words, too! My favorite word at the moment, and probably for always, is "obsession". The synonyms for that word – fixation, passion, mania, fascination – delight me. I think it is the definition that I love. I think it is the S's in the word. Actually, I don't know what it is exactly, but ever since I was a teenager, I loved the connotations of that word.

BT: Names can be poetic, too. That said: name Erykah Badu's next baby.

MISSY: Yea, baby names— another favorite topic of mine. I hope she didn't have it yet. If it is a boy: Soldier; if it is a girl: Salvation, nicknamed "Sally."

BT: Are you working on a poem right at this moment? If so, can you share the title? If not a poem, what poetry related thing are you working on?

MISSY: I'm not writing a poem right now (I wish I were), but I have to record myself reading two poems I wrote last year; it is for the publisher of a literary magazine my poems are featured in (MiPO, July 2008).

BT: Sometimes poems are bigger than the page— what poem could you see painted on a wall?

MISSY: As I recollect the July you - Milledgeville, 1944 by Susanne Kort. The line: "...come in the drawl/of southern evenings, from under the taffeta leaves,/accompany the fireflies, ruminate, come back" would look so good painted in jet black on a wall or a wooden table.

BT: I am trying to start a chain, a chain of poets, sort of like a chain gang of poets. Suggest, please, a poet I should ask five fast questions to next

MISSY: A chain gang of poets, I like that, kind of like a daisy chain, too, and like a chain letter. I suggest Paul Siegell.

Missy McEwen is a recent Pushcart nominee & creator of