5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH SARAH SMITH

  1. What’s your least favorite thing about writing?

Revision, especially toward the end. I have trouble determining when a poem is done and when I’m just mopping words across the page, whatever the equivalent of playing with your food is..

  1. Which author would you like to have a drink with (Dead or alive. Them, not you).

Langston Hughes. What an architect. Timeless voice. “Let America be America Again”? Absolutely.

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

I am a shameless fan of urban erotica. Cairo writes books that make me feel like my hair has caught fire.

I run into Edward Doyle-Gillespie every now and then. Every time he drops captivating poems that take my breath away. I think a lot of him personally as well as his work.

  1. What about your discipline (fiction, poetry, etc) do you wish you were better at?

I’m pretty linear and tend to write threads that are easy to follow. I’d like to get a little more confident with fragmentation. I’m not going to be someone who can write down 4 items from a grocery list and call it a day, but working in a little more discord would be a good challenge..

  1. What kind of creative rituals or patterns do you have?

My best ideas come moments before I fall asleep and in the car, so I have notebooks in both of those places. My mind untangles just a little bit and the phrases work themselves out. I’ve scribbled phrases in the dark and woken up to a page that looks like it was written by a kindergartener. Beyond that, I’m the best in the morning with the first cup of coffee. It’s all downhill after 7 am.

Bonus question: if you could put a tunnel under any building leading to any other building (geography notwithstanding – this is a magic tunnel), what would you do?

I would tunnel from the Sistine Chapel to the Orsay Museum in Paris. Those are the two most moving collections of art that I’ve ever seen. If the tunnel could go under my parents’ backyard, that would be excellent too, I’d love to stop and have lunch with them.

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Thank you for sharing, Sarah, and for reading with us TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 14th at Charmington’s, 7pm.

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