I had an incredible experience being interviewed by Crooked Teeth‘s editor Andrew Halsig for their second issue Winter in the City. We video conferenced to chat about all kinds of things–Halsig was in London at the time, I was at my home in Utah–we were pretty far apart, but came together to talk about how I got started in poetry, the publication process of my recent chapbook Footnote, and the art of paying attention.
“Hopkinson's method states that most poetry--if not all--exists within the body. Throughout our lives, we perceive images that words alone cannot express. By using language that appeals to our senses we can bring our experiences to the mind of another. The more visceral our images, the more they can push into the realm of creating a universal human experience.”
Two of my poems were also featured in the issue: “Footnote to a Footnote” and “Whimper.” Both poems were inspired by Allen Ginsberg–“Footnote to a Footnote” is the concluding poem in my chapbook of response poems Footnote, and was in response to “Footnote to Howl.” The poem is my perspective of all things holy in my daily surroundings and from a female perspective. The second poem “Whimper,” is also a response poem, but originates from a short essay I wrote in response to Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.”
Crooked Teeth is a new lit mag out of San Francisco, CA and you can purchase a PDF version of the issue on their site for $5. All funds go to support the next print issue, coming out later this year. You can view samples from the contributing writers and artists for the current issue here. The third issue will be both digital and print. Submissions should be opening soon. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates. To learn more about Crooked Teeth, read my interview with Halsig for their last submission call here.