Before Order: A Poet’s Tale

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“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” —A. A. Milne

Six Weeks To Yehidah
I wrote my novel by the seat of my pants. I created characters I was in love with, and I let them tell me what they wanted to do. It was easy to “organize.” There was a plot, and I rolled along, adventure after adventure, discovering the way as I happened upon it. Organization was holistic, organic—as easy as breathing.

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Melissa Studdard Poems

“Melissa Studdard’s high-flying, bold poetic language expresses an erotic appetite for the world: ‘this desire to butter and eat the stars,’ as she says, in words characteristically large yet domestic, ambitious yet chuckling at their own nerve. This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God, a recurring character here, who finds us Her children, splotchy, bawling and imperfect though we are, ‘flawless in her omniscient eyes.’”
-–Robert Pinsky

American Microreviews and Interviews


“It is so hard to make a good work of art, I think: for me, if it is intentional it is intentional the way you try not to drown…” — Robert Pinsky, American Microreviews and Interviews.

Thanks to Kyle McCord for a bang-up job with the new issue of AMRI. In addition to my interview with Robert Pinsky, there are great reviews and interviews by Jordan Williams, Charlie Riccardelli, Clint Peters, Rebecca Ligon, Megan Turner, Courtney Craggett, Winnie Khaw, JoAnna Novak, Wesley Rothman, Michael Levan, Laurie Saurborn Young, Robert Torres, Vlad Frederick, Zach VandeZande, and Sebastián H Páramo. — with Melissa Studdard.

Melissa Studdard

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