REVIEWs +

 

Voices of Bettering American Poetry - Interview:

“I balk a little at the idea that I could be interpreted as a sad person or a tortured person. I don’t want to be boxed into that kind of trope. At the same time, my tendency in my life outside of writing, in the leadership positions I’ve held as an activist and organizer is to avoid admissions of vulnerability. Poetry is the one place where I’ve been able to give myself more permission to express that vulnerability.” - READ HERE

KENYON REVIEW CONVERSATIONS:

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, Kenyon Review Conversations presents “LGBTQ+ Lit” with Timothy Bussey, Richie Hoffman, Juniper Jordan Cruz and Claire Oleson. Topics of discussion include queer readings of traditional novels, queer and trans biographies, themes of resistance in LGBTQ+ writing, and much more — including Flower Wars and a recording of “Before Surgery.” - LISTEN HERE

GABBY JOURNAL:

The poet Chen Chen reviews Flower Wars for the final issue of Gabby Journal, a literary journal dedicated to "talky" poems.  - READ HERE

CLEAVER MAGAZINE:

Claire Oleson reviews Flower Wars for Cleaver Magazine, Philadelphia’s International Literary Journal. - READ HERE

INTERVIEW WITH NEWFOUND PRESS:

"To be trans or gender non-conforming is, in many ways, to live at the perimeter of what is considered real. So much of who we are is not given validity in culture or language or law or ways of thinking about the body.  The surreality of the poems are an expression of what it feels like to interact with the world when our place in it has to be either imagined or explained in approximation to what is more readily known and understood. Invention and metaphor become a necessity, a way of building a bridge between ourselves and what others define as reality."   - READ HERE

INTERVIEW WITH SPEAKING OF MARVELS:

"For me, it was a major breakthrough to realize that I didn’t have to be confined to a literal narrative.  It opened the door for many of the poems in [Flower Wars], which walk the line between reality and the supernatural."  - READ HERE