on poetry

January 14, 2022

“Music is really the center of my process. A lot of it is intuitive and some of it is — for lack of a better word — mysterious. I’m following the sound of a word or phrase, and during revision, I have an idea that a particular sound wants to come back. A lot of my process at every stage is substituting different words into a line based on a sound or series of sounds. What enters is often a more precise word or a word with associations I hadn’t expected or planned, a wilder word.”
Patrick Rosal
(b. January 14, 1969)

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photo by Mark Rosal

watch some poetry

December 11, 2021

The Library of Congress has posted three videos sharing some poetry highlights from the 2021 National Book Festival, including a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, another with francine j. harris and Patrick Rosal, and a third with Claudia Rankine and Phillip B. Williams.

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