Malakaï Sargeant and Anna Kahn talk with Bayan Goudarzpour about her poem 'Dear Jolene'. We talk about expanding each thought in a poem, adding structure to longer pieces (through form? through repetition?), about Bayan's guilty pleasure love of the excellent book-buying human that is Dolly Parton, and about what the word 'auburn' actually means.
Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Zahrah Sheikh and Anna Kahn talk with Joshua Judson about his poem English Poem. We talk about balancing opinion and image, whether or not it's easier to make a sonnet out of something that already exists, what counts as England, which Englands we see and how they are shaped in poetry, adding lightness to a poem, and leaning in to the things we're really trying to say.