As a part of an Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Grant, our visiting poets are asked the same ten questions by One Pause Director, Sarah Messer.
Conversation with A. Van Jordan, Aaron McCullough, and Jerico Brown (Full)
In 250 words or fewer, poets share their thoughts on poetry in essays or excerpts from One Pause conversations.
Letting Go and Control
by Paisley Rekdal
For me, all aspects of poetry require only one skill: the ability to move between letting go and being in control. The first asks you to forget yourself as much as possible, the second requires an almost preternatural self-awareness.
First, you have to learn how to let go of any outside sense of time, shame, hesitation, or expectation.…
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