K: Johnny Tillotson sang that his baby is “Poetry in Motion.” I say poetry is motion. And it is also music.
J: Dang, I like Kristin’s answer better than the one I had.
What poets/writers/artists do you keep coming back to?
K: Creeley, St. Vincent Millay, Hemingway, Steve Lacy, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork.
J: Samuel Beckett, Leslie Scalapino, Robert Creeley, Kate Bush, Steve Lacy, Anonymous 4, João Gilberto.
What do you think when you see the word lighght?
K: “lighght" is someone trying to say the word "light," but they’re really drunk and have some chewed-up Doritos lodged in their throat. Or it’s the word "light" said by Ira Glass.
J: At first glance “lighght” resembles the word “highlight” which gives it a neon quality, almost a speediness due to its brightness (and especially when put in italics). But also, due to the doubling of the silent consonants, it gives a more prevalent materiality to the word, bringing to mind the physical nature of light and steering away a little from the ethereal quality of the word “light,” a word used so often as to be taken for granted. “Lighght” is heavy.
Which new writers and/or small presses are you excited about?
K: I was enthralled by Michael Newton’s reading at a Harlequin Creature event at Silent Barn in June. The writing, coupled with keen comic timing, made for an inspired and inspiring performance. I look forward to checking out more of his work.
J: I am excited about Ugly Duckling Presse! Though not really new, I guess, it is certainly new to me, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to be introduced to the excellent writing and people involved.
Twins of El Dorado is a modern art song ensemble featuring vocalist Kristin Slipp and trumpeter Joe Moffett. A highly experimental and collaborative duo, Slipp and Moffett explore/explode conventions of sound, voice and meaning, taking the art song format in new and interesting directions. Twins of El Dorado has performed in various settings, from small gallery spaces to acclaimed venues such as The Stone and Issue Project Room in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston. The duo’s debut album, Portend the End, was released on the Brooklyn-based label Prom Night Records on March 1, 2013 and garnered praise in a number of publications including The New York City Jazz Record, Lucid Culture and KILLED in CARS. They recorded their follow-up album, the as-yet unreleased Verses, in December and January 2013-2014.