Timothy Liu has two new books forthcoming, Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse (Talisman House) and Polytheogamy (Saturnalia Books). He lives in Manhattan. He answers my twenty questions below:
2. If you could send Obama one poem or book of poems (not your own), what would it be and why?
“Shine, Perishing Republic” by Robinson Jeffers. Should be read at the Inauguration.
4. Who is the most exciting young/new poet I’ve never heard of, but whose work I ought to find and read?
This week I’m reading John Isles second book, Inverse Sky (Iowa, 2008), and suggest you get your hands on it to see what lyric poetry can yet do.
9. What lines from a poem you first read years ago still haunt you now?
“The beauty of men never disappears
But drives a blue car through the stars.”
14. We read poems in journals and books, we hear them in readings and on audio files. Sometimes we get them in unusual ways: on buses or in subway cars. How would you like to encounter your next poem?
Written across the wings of a Kamikaze plane.