Klara du Plessis in Conversation with Erin Robinsong

carte blanche Editor-in-Chief Klara du Plessis recently spoke to Erin Robinsong, author of Rag Cosmology, which won the 2017 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Among other things, Klara and Erin discuss ecological literature, the landscapes that have informed Erin’s practice, and the connection between dance and poetry.

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Cookie Logic

I don’t remember the year, but we were drinking sherry. Violet, Cookie and I. Life is just the waiting in between the two or three interesting things that will happen to you. We were teenagers, waiting.

Cookie said, “My father has a liquor closet as big as a hot air balloon.”

We looked at each other. That changed everything.

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Three poems from Alphabet de soleils


Let’s catapult the conchoidal colocynth
Let’s catapult the choephori of the coliddors of the tifth
and the mitten cruncher, the tomcat cruncher, crunchers of sheep
note cruncher, crunch-in-your-mouth and in arms and in deaths.
Let’s catapult the lynx and the oriole’s cochineal mantilla
let’s catapult the mango
and the mongoose, shoo!
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