“To have a career as a poet is the opposite of darkness: what luck, to be a grown American man who has been able to keep writing poems, for so long.”
“When I was 17, I came out at a poetry reading through a piece I’d written, so for me, calling myself a poet has been tied up with being open and out as a queer person.”
I had some dark moments in my late twenties when I didn’t think I would ever break through. It felt to me as if there were some invisible club that was trying to keep me out it. I was furious and determined. I tried to put my rage to work in the service of my art.
“Trust the process. It’s okay not to write for a while, but don’t let that plant die for lack of water. If you want to be a writer, you have to keep that baby alive at all costs.”
Get prepared to dig into your mid-week longread: our friend Rowan Lynam got the amazing chance to sit …
“…there’s a lot of “dry spells” in my writing process but can you really call them purposeless? Things cross-fertilize. Richness arises without harbinger.”
“I grow lonely for poems, the way you would grow lonely for an absent lover. And then they return. Longing is the ladder we meet on.”
We’re honored to have had the chance to chat with the amazing Victoria Chang, author of four books …
Earlier this month, Palette reader, Kate Leland, was lucky enough to chat with poet, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers about her upcoming collection The Tilt Torn Away from The Seasons, the publication process, and the shift from her first book to this second collection.