Whats the difference between poetry and other writing?

Poetry is writing minus the traffic lights, bridges, and boring parts.


Whats a poet?

A poet condenses long strings of thought in a top hat, finds unlikely associations, pulls these figurative rabbits out of the hat for an audience that rarely claps, and then cries because nobody’s clapping.


What should a poet be?

A magician okay with not receiving applause.


What should a poem be?

That figurative rabbit who, having emerged from the hat, now writes its own poem.


Whats the funniest thing about being a poet?

The pay.


Whats the saddest thing about being a poet?

That no matter how ravishing the rabbit pulled from the hat, the poet always knows there are better rabbits in there.


Whats the best thing about being a poet?

Not having to follow the rules of writing.


If you werent a poet, what would you be?

A filmmaker.


If poetry were a film, which would it be?



If your poetry were a film, which would it be?



If you were a film, which would you be?

A Streetcar Named Desire


What poems would you like to see sleep together?

“Lady Lazarus” and “Howl”


What makes a life changing poem?

A poem that makes you re-see what you thought you’d already seen, and maybe even seen so many times you stopped seeing it, but this poem makes you see it again, and then see it better.


Why are you interviewing yourself?

Because I’m lonely and strange.


Are all poets lonely and strange?


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CAROLINE HAGOOD’s first book of poetry, Lunatic Speaks, was published in 2012 by FutureCycle Press, and her second poetry book, Making Maxine’s Baby, an SPD Bestseller, came out in May 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her poetry and essays have also appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Kenyon Review, Drunken Boat, Hanging Loose, La Petite Zine, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She is a Teaching Fellow and English PhD Candidate at Fordham University, where she has been the Graduate Assistant for the Poets Out Loud reading and book series and Graduate Editor of CURA, a multimedia literary magazine. She’s finishing a dissertation on how female poets revise the work of male filmmakers called Women Who Like to Watch: 20th Century American Cinepoetry. She co-founded the Kill Genre reading series, which showcases groundbreaking works that push the boundaries of form and flirt dangerously with hybridity, and she writes a monthly column for Drunken Boat called This Month in Mind-Bending, a monthly meditation on genre-bending works of literature, film, and new media. She has taught writing at St. Francis College and Fordham, and led the poetry workshops for Poets Out Loud’s High School Outreach Program for students from underserved communities in partnership with Girls Write Now.

One response to “Caroline Hagood: The TNB Self-Interview”

  1. Syreeta says:

    I finally understand..Thanks

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