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with Bryan Borland

The last thing that made you smile

My dog, Roo. As I’m trying to work, he’s determined not to let me and keeps finding ways to put his front paws on my shoulders.

A secret

When my first book was published, and it wasn’t available for distribution, I’d sneak it into bookstores with me and leave copies on the shelf.

The last thing you wrote

A poem after Adrienne Rich’s ‘Then or Now,’ which was absolutely striking in its prophecy of the American landscape in 2017.

An except from my poem, inspired by her:

Make / America / Great / Again
with the immigrants somewhere else.

Friends try to clothe their friends
from safe houses, track underground
cyber railroad with orders for socks
from Guadalajara, boots for Monterrey,
sending dispatches into the barbed wire
of the American spirit:
I am no longer American. I am bones
and America was once my home.

Your favourite city

New Orleans, Louisiana.

What you’d place in a time capsule

Our new Sibling Rivalry Press anthology, If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration.