Part 2 of my interview with the fascinating Colorado poet and editor, Bryan Roth, is up in the Blog section at Fringe Magazine. In this section of our discussion, he talks about his own poems, using them to illustrate a concept that interests me as a poet: the "occasion" of a poem. The idea, if I can summarize the subtle concept, is that behind the events and apparent occasion of writing a poem lies a theme or question or driving energy that is universal and lifts the poem out of mere anecdote or description. Something that makes it a memorable and deeply felt piece of writing.
Next up in this series of Fringe interviews: a discussion with poet and novelist Kim Addonizio, covering such topics as the difference between writing poetry and prose, what it takes to be a working poet, and more.