Tara Betts

I’m sure all my poet friends will want to read this interview with Tara Betts – and read her new chapbook 7×7 kwansabas.

Speaking of Marvels

tara betts7 x 7: kwansabas (Backbone Press, 2015)

What are some of your favorite chapbooks? Or what are some chapbooks that have influenced your writing?

Right now, I am excited about Amber Atiya’s chapbook, and I am looking forward to reading Fatima Asghar’s chapbook. I just got a stack of chapbooks from dancing girl press, but I have enjoyed some from Belladonna, Button Poetry, and Carolina Wren.

What might these favorite or influential chapbooks suggest about you and your writing?

I think it’s a good way to explore a suite of poems or an idea, but I also think there’s not the same sort of pressure that foments when you are trying to develop a full-length manuscript. It allows you to zero in on a theme without feeling like it has to be 50-100 pages. I think that’s what I’ve loved in particular about Barbara Jane Reyes’ chapbooks Cherry and For…

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Interview with Richard Rohr

This link:   http://cac.org/tv  goes to a page with a wonderful interview with Richard Rohr, OSF. It is an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” series.  It is also available on demand on Oprah.com through Feb. 21, but I’m hoping it will be archived on the link above for a longer time period.

I am sorry that I have been away from posting for so many days. A combination of personal and family illness and complications have kept me from writing, but I’m hoping to get a new post up later today or tomorrow. Thanks for your patience.
JC