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My Interview about Tree of the Apple is featured on the Carpe Noctem Blog

http://www.nicolerollender.com/carpe-noctem-blog/carpe-noctem-interview-with-kelly-dumar

CARPE NOCTEM INTERVIEW: KELLY DUMAR

Poet Nicole Rollender, who edits the Carpe Noctem Blog, just interviewed me about my new chapbook of poetry and prose, Tree of the Apple. I really enjoyed answering her probing questions about what kind of world I was trying to create in shaping my chapbook and about how my poetry process works and much more. 

Here's an excerpt - I hope you'll read the interview here


What were you trying to achieve with your book?
I wanted to feel close to my father every day I was losing him to Alzheimer’s. Also, because he was smart and funny and brave and tender and hopeful and appreciative – and he fought back hard against losing what he loved, and I admired him for that even when it made caretaking scary and tough.
 
I wrote poetry as a way to understand what he was trying to tell us after he lost his words – his caretakers, friends, and loved ones. Also, his “wrong” words activated my poetic imagination with fresh, startling metaphors and point of view.

READ MORE HERE