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April 02, 2012

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Great interview. Amy is a funny poet and a gifted prose writer too (as you will see if you look up some of her BAP posts). She has fresh (shall I say twisted?) way of seeing things and this is where the humor comes in. But also, as you both acknowledge, the insights that make her much much more that "just" a funny poet. Sometimes, and this has happened to me a on several occasions, I "meet" a poet on the page and don't read her as funny and then I hear her read her work and that's when the humor comes through. I don't think it's b/c of a shortcoming in the work at all. Rather, it says something about what the reader brings to the table and that the work is complex enough to be understood on several levels. Looking forward to this week!

I absolutely agree. The poets I wanted to include in this little series are willfully funny—there's no mistaking that intent on the page—though their tones and intentions seem very different. When I read the work of an unfamiliar poet, I'm caught off-guard when it's funny.

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