Wednesday, September 6, 2023

TtD supplement #245 : seven questions for Heather Cadsby

Heather Cadsby is the author of 5 books of poetry. The most recent is titled Standing in the Flock of Connections (Brick Books).

Her poems “How to catch flamboyant bohemians” and “My dinner with Andrew” appear in the thirty-eighth issue of Touch the Donkey.

Q: Tell me about the poems “How to catch flamboyant bohemians” and “My dinner with Andrew.”

A: “How to catch flamboyant bohemians” came from my interest in Alfred Jarry who coined the word ‘pataphysics to describe impossible problems with imaginary solutions.

“My dinner with Andrew” was sparked by a 1981 film titled My dinner with Andre. Two friends spiral into confusion.

Q: How do these poems compare to some of the other work you’ve been doing lately?

A: Lately I’ve been working on self-pity pieces. So for that, they are more interesting.

Q: Can you expand on this?

A: As of today this topic is on hold.

Q: I’ve been really intrigued by your recent explorations through the prose poem. What brought you to the form?

A: I’m not sure where it started but I do know I was a big fan of James Tate’s “The List of Famous Hats”.

Q: What do you feel the prose poem allows that might not otherwise be possible?

A: I think the prose poem allows for parody, irony, mockery in a pace that can be frenzied or meditative.

Q: With five published full-length collections and your current work-in-progress, how do you feel your work has progressed? Where do you see your work headed?

A: I think my work has progressed in tandem with my life situations. So from early married to birth of children to divorce. I see it headed wherever my life is moving.

Q: Finally, who do you read to reenergize your own work? What particular works can’t you help but return to?

A: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is a work that I return to. It is full of wisdom, for example: “rhythm was present in the nursery bedroom”. And simple, precise statements: “ash on an old man's sleeve”.

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