Hey there, folks! We’re proud as all get out to announce that past contributor Hannah Lee Jones was recently featured on Copper Canyon Press’ Official Facebook Page as part of their #MeetTheInternMonday segment. The whole Q&A can be viewed here. Hannah Lee Jones’ work was featured in the Poetry section of our 16th issue, and can be read here. Jones is also responsible for the blog Primalschool.org, a wonderful community resource for poets and writers pursuing their craft outside of the MFA system. Check out her work and her website as well, and drop us a line in the comments section below!
Hannah discusses her poems in Issue 16 and the role of intuition in her writing; the goal that all her poems should surprise in some way. She defines the poem as an entity far more powerful than the reasoning mind, and which demands that the writer surrender to whatever larger thing the poem wants to become. The persistent hazard then in writing, she says, is to search for clarity or to pin a poem down into meaning something instead of regarding it as a creature separate from the self, with “a will of its own.” Drawing on Keats’ negative capability and Robert Bly’s “black side of the intelligence,” she embraces the innate hiddenness of a poem’s making, adding that what matters most to her is not how authors write, but why. She shares her own reasons – pain and love – universal emotions she tries to approach from “a space just beyond this world,” to offer the reader a bridge from the physical world to the unconscious.
You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes channel, podcast #222.
You can read Hannah’s poems in Superstition Review Issue 16, and hear her read them aloud in podcast #213.
This Tuesday, we’re proud to feature SR contributor Hannah Lee Jones reading her three poems from Issue 16 on the SR podcast.
You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel, podcast #213.
You can follow along with Hannah’s work in Superstition Review, Issue 16.
More About the Author:
Hannah Lee Jones’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Literary Orphans and Orion, among other journals. She has worked with The MFA Project and is currently the editor of Primal School, a resource for poets pursuing their craft without an advanced degree. She grows vegetables on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington.