Monday, March 11, 2013

March 10, 2013 Toni Mirosevich Part 2!

On March 10th, we played the second half of our interview with writer Toni Mirosevich. We spent the majority of this section talking about her book of poetry The Takeaway Bin, (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), which employed Oblique Strategy prompts. The book is divided into three sections which focus on 'human frailty,' politics and hope. Toni talks about what the takeaway is both in the book and in life. She talks about the Oblique Strategy cards specifically and how they attempt to offer ways to address an issue from in an indirect way, as well as how those cards helped spur the pieces in the book. Toni works in both prose and poetry and discussed how these different forms can manifest an idea. She references her aikido practice: "If you're thinking about it, it can't happen." In other words, being too directive in writing can be stifling. We had a rich discussion about how the mind works in the process of creating.
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