In which we ask the same questions Teen magazine asked then-soon-to-be-pregnant teen idol Jamie Lynn Spears; see original interview here.
photo by Dan Wilcox
I, Daniel Nester, work with Barbara Louise Ungar at The College of Saint Rose. We go to meetings and talk about teaching and all that working-at-the-same-college stuff. I've always thought she was so serene--still waters run deep and all that. So when I go over to her website to get some good biography-type stuff did I find some amazing details.
I knew that she had written Haiku in English as part of her graduate school work. I knew she has a cool son named Izaak, with whom I trade Hot Wheels cars. I did not know, however, that Barbara spent a summer on Lake Como and six months in Rome. That she lived another summer on the Greek island of Symi. And, finally, that she spent a year in a cabin in Woodstock, NY, where she performed under the name of “Psyche.”
Barbara Louise Ungar's newest book, The Origin of the Milky Way, published last year, won the Gival Press Prize for Poetry. It's a terrific collection and she's reading at a lot of places across this great nation of ours. We caught Barbara on the road to a reading in Syracuse to ask these important questions. And we're so glad we did!
BAPB: You’re in Jr. High, right??
BLU: Have I died and gone to hell?
What are you most looking forward to?
My next meal, orgasm, or poem, whichever comes first.
What kind of car do you want?
One I don’t have to drive.
What's your favorite subject?
Do you play any sports?
Badminton and ping pong.
Are kids in school treating you differently because of Nickelodeon exposure??
Differently from what?
You have a new puppy named Ali, right?
No, actually, her name is Lola.
How is she?
She just ran away, so I’ll find out tomorrow when I get home.