I gave a short interview to this new chapbook publication, Work & Tumble, based in Perth, Australia! My friend and former classmate, Robert Wood, is one of the editors/curators. They have several forthcoming publications in the mix, so if you love small press work, innovative writing, and want to expand your reading habits beyond a US context, this is definitely a press to keep your eyes on.

 

I just bought plane tickets into the arctic circle. I’ll be in Norway the last half of January, and in the far northern city of Tromsø the last weekend of the month, before flying out to Iceland for February.

And what do I expect to encounter in that darkness?

I have no idea. I am simply obeying this call which tells me to pursue the subtle light. I think I’ll probably have more intensive experiences of artificial light than anything else, frankly, but I do suspect I’ll find what I could not have imagined to discover. And that excites me intensely.

Light is a language. I want to open myself to it. To speak the far distant ray… its orphaned, jettisoned calling.

I think it will perhaps open what has been long orphaned in me.

Can lost light be a home?

Can the broken, displaced, and evacuated body become fertile ground in the dark subtle night?

I pray to be dreamless and afloat among stars. To have the deep blue sky infiltrate me and erase what was false inside. The sky is deepest blue in subtle light, not black. I want to steep myself in that immense hue. May there be no requirement.

I discovered immeasurable peace in the infinite day of the Norwegian summer solstice. I’m curious if I will accomplish a dark peace in its long night.

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