Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Cream City Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO.
Angela stopped by to talk about writing while driving, her mother’s memory, and what Carl Jung taught her about poetry.
In Angela’s words:
“Poetry is also a kind of play, and is a way through the unconscious. And that playfulness and that search for metaphors, for images that will bear the weight of human experience – of anything, really – I think that’s what we strive for in poems. We look for the images that will bear the weight of things that we never thought could be held in such a small place.”
Plus, we get things started by taking a break from our busy schedules to talk about how damn busy we are. Bragging about how busy you are on social media may be even more fun than posting pictures of your dinner, but recent articles on Slate and Ploughshares point out that we all have a lot more time than we’d like to admit. And if you’re a writer, all of that acting busy might be taking the place of actual productivity.
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