In a new episode for Line Podcast, Jenny Chen speaks with BOA poet Christopher Kennedy about his poetry: how his poems begin and end, how he makes the leap to imaginative and surrealist themes in his poems, and how he incorporates rhythm in his poems.
Chen and Kennedy discuss the differences between prose poetry and other types of poems, and early on in the podcast, Kennedy gives us a flavor of his work by reading his poem "Historical."
Below is a list of timestamp highlights from the podcast:
1:34 - Chris reads his poem “Historical.”
4:50 - Chris talks about how the poem “Ghosts in the Land of Skeletons” began.
10:35 - “When I think to myself, I give up, I can’t think of anything better.” How Chris ends a poem.
12:45 - How Chris makes the leap to imaginative and surrealist themes in his poems.
14:56 - What makes a prose poem different from other types of poems?
17:06 - How Chris incorporates rhythm into his poetry.
Click here to listen to the full Line Podcast episode.
Kennedy is the author of Ennui Prophet and Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death, and is one of the translators of Light and Heavy Things -- all of which are available at the BOA Bookstore.