Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss: Speaking of her collection

“Here’s what I can say: (1) Three out of four of these poems are shaped like a coffin or a door. (2) As a child, I lured adults to my puppet show by offering free beer. We didn’t have the money for beer or puppets. I wasn’t lying; I was imagining, which is a form of hope. (3) I can’t get K’s wedding dress out of my mind. Catholicism, tradition, parents, love–her dress was heavy with it, armored by it. It seemed the only way to find her body again would be to take scissors to that dress, a dangerous operation for both bride and groom. (4) That dress: I wanted to wear it; I wanted to be released from it. Thus, I desired junkies who were addicted to delirium. Delirium and desire, the counterbalance to meaning achieved via the conventional mind. (5) A poem believes it can pull the dying back from the precipice, the sinner from the sin. Indeed, a poem believes it can love the sinner and raise the dead. (6) Free beer for all, and a sip of blood plum cordial, though there is no cordial, there is no beer.”

Interview with Garielle Lutz on Selected Prose Podcast

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