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Bookmark This: Poet Terrance Hayes On Resisting Styles

This week, poet Terrance Hayes was named a MacArthur Fellow. His collection of poems include Wind in a BoxLightheadMuscular Music, Hip Logic, and the forthcoming How To be Drawn (March 2015, Penguin). In this Hot Metal Bridge interview, Terrance discusses how he became a poet, how he doesn’t believe in rigid styles, and how the “perfect poem” doesn’t exist.

“I don’t sit down at the desk and say, 'I’m going to write a black poem, a narrative poem.' When you look at anybody’s bookcase, there are so many styles. When I’m working, I just try to write whatever the poem requires.”

Click here to read the full interview.