As a part of an Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Grant, our visiting poets are asked the same ten questions by One Pause Director, Sarah Messer.

Franz Wright Conversation

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poets on poetry

In 250 words or fewer, poets share their thoughts on poetry in essays or excerpts from One Pause conversations.

Paisley Rekdal

Letting Go and Control

by Paisley Rekdal

For me, all aspects of poetry require only one skill: the ability to move between letting go and being in control. The first asks you to forget yourself as much as possible, the second requires an almost preternatural self-awareness.

First, you have to learn how to let go of any outside sense of time, shame, hesitation, or expectation.…

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