Today we have some very exciting news to share about past contributor Amie Whittemore. Amie was recently featured in an interview with Jason Lee Brown for the online magazine Smile Politely. Check it out on their website here.
Amie’s poem “Lunar Eclipse” was featured in issue 18 of Superstition Review. To read it click here.
Today we are pleased to feature author Amie Whittemore as our Authors Talk series contributor. In her podcast, Amie uses Maxine Kumin’s essay, “Coming Across: Establishing the Intent of a Poem,” to describe the variable beginnings of poems. Specifically, Amie discusses her own poem, “Lunar Eclipse,” which was a “given poem…a gift, the poem that flows easily.”
However, Amie does not want the listener to think this means it was an easy poem. As she says, “There is no easy poem, there is no love at first sight. What there is, is invitation and readiness.” She emphasizes that poets should be “like a shovel…purposeful but often idle” because “the given poem won’t give itself to us if we are distracted, bottled up, not embracing our shovelness.”