Do we read poems searching for answers? Do we write poems searching for answers? In the case of Naomi Replansky, yes and yes.
Vi Khi Nao is a prolific, prize-winning author working in poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration.We talked about her two “sapphic” books—The Vanishing Point of Desire and Swans in Half-Mourning—and, knowing she’d give me brilliant answers, I also asked her two questions almost impossible to answer.
We assume that William Shakespeare invented the Shakespearean sonnet—but what if Mary Sidney did instead?
Two lesbian poets talk religion, grief and pain.
Two lesbian poets discuss the body, their relationships with words and telling the truth.
Two lesbian poets talk about sexism, bird songs and the image of God.
A meandering and convivial conversation ensued complete with delicious macarons and a waltz around the grounds of Smith College.
Lesbian poets Freesia McKee and Farrell Greenwald Brenner talk libraries, poetry as possibility and the solidarity between a writer and their readers.
Two lesbian poets talk emotional journeys, writing as practice and Barbie dolls.
Two lesbian poets talk grief, solitude, small towns and Texas troopers.