This week, poet Terrance Hayes was named a MacArthur Fellow. His collection of poems include Wind in a Box, Lighthead, Muscular Music, Hip Logic, and the forthcoming How To be Drawn (March 2015, Penguin). In this Hot Metal Bridge interview, Terrance discusses how he became a poet, how he doesn’t believe in rigid styles, and how the “perfect poem” doesn’t exist.
“I don’t sit down at the desk and say, 'I’m going to write a black poem, a narrative poem.' When you look at anybody’s bookcase, there are so many styles. When I’m working, I just try to write whatever the poem requires.”
This week we look at how three authors wrote wrote about the lose of loved ones.
Poet Edward Hirsch recently spoke to NPR on his book-length elegy, Gabriel, a narrative poem about the unexpected death of his 22-year-old son. In the interview, Hirsch argues that there is no “right way to grieve.”
“As soon as something happens to us in America, everyone begins talking about healing. But before you heal, you have to mourn. And I found that poetry doesn't shield you from grief, but it does give you an expression of that grief.” – Edward Hirsch
Authors Joyce Carol Oates and Meghan O’Rourke both wrote first-person accounts about losing a loved one. In this 2011 New York Times article, the authors explained how they used writing as a way to find solace.
“Profound losses leave us paralyzed and mute, unable really to comprehend them, still less to speak coherently about them. – Joyce Carol Oates
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“It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake.”
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“If you can write, it’s a gift. If you can compose music, it’s a gift. You can study, get better, but it’s still a gift. If you betray a gift, just use it to make money, it goes away. It’s a sin to do that.”