Wednesday, August 31, 2011

8/27/11: Brian Teare Part 2

In Part 2 of our interview with Brian Teare, we discuss his poem “Of Paradise and the Structure of Gardens” from Pleasure (Ahsahta), the “queer body politic,” creating “mythic spaces,” snake cults, the difference between sin and heresy, cartography, and Jean Delumeau!

Brian also reads “Eden Tiresias” and shares how Gnosticism (especially via the snake-loving Ophites!) has given him permission to recall and reengage Eden—where “it came alive outside the mind, intellect/ its own elegy, and Adam did not/ love it.”

In the second half, Brian reads “As If from Letters of Surveyor Samuel Maclay” from his previous collection Sight Map (UC Press) and talks about how many of the poems in the collection were written while he was “walking the Susquehanna.”

Candy Shue joins us live in the studio, and we conclude with her review of Brenda Hillman’s Practical Water (Wesleyan). Click here to listen

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