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BP:  This interview is somewhat unique, since you’re not necessarily out promoting a book or another specific project. You’re not on a junket. You’re a student from Minnesota who is currently living in Norway (more on that later), and I decided to chat you up after I saw UMN’s English Department website bragging about you because you’re the reigning Best Individual Poet according to the 2011 national College Unions Poetry Slam.

ARS POETICA

By Larry Jaffe

Poem

She found the crucible 

of broken fate
 
a divine aesthetic 
of ribboned notes  
 
From the rubbish 

she formed
 
a musical seascape 
a symphony of color
 
a tapestry of sound  
 
I beseech you
 
to call my name 
in poetry 
speak to me in verse
 
allow me entrance 
to the sculpture