I’ve not been writing or posting much lately and was quite delighted to stumble onto this dialogue between two of my favourite poets.
I’m pleased to offer this Q&A with poet Lynne Burnett:
Your chapbook, Irresistible, has recently been published. Can you tell us something about it?
The poems in this book have transitions in common – from death and dying, whether accidental or planned, to milestones such as a son leaving home etc. There’s love palpably felt after death and beyond it, little epiphanies from near-disasters, the whole subject of death from many different angles – the news that breaks us, how our lives are enlarged by telling moments. The title poem “Irresistible” and “Tandem Hang-Gliding Incident” seemed to embody our human failings and the unnecessary accidental deaths we suffer as a result. But also, physically, death is inevitable and therefore irresistible – we can’t resist it. It will happen sooner or later: our first…
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