Handed from barbarian to barbarian
The Burgundian Code says
if they pull my hair with only one hand
I carry what I own over
my ovibovine shoulders.
-- from "The Dark Ages" which appears in the Fall 2016 issue (Volume 57, Issue 3).
Tell us about one of the first pieces you’ve written
When I was sixteen, I submitted poems to a high school poetry contest where the winners got to read at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. I am forever grateful to this program, and I couldn’t believe it when I got the chance to encounter monumental poets and stand on a stage to read. Being a teenager, though, I read one poem about dancing to Shakira at my friend’s basement party, entitled “Smirnoff Ice,” and another about cheerleading. Cannot think of early work without laughing at myself, but those...