Kai Carlson-Wee poetr y "My poetry has always been about stories, about characters and voices and the landscapes they exist in. I write about beet fields in Northern Minnesota. I write about family and childhood friends, people I've met riding freight trains across the country. I try to create an inhabited world beyond what you find in the words. I like to imagine my poems as excerpts from a journal or travelogue rather than stand-alone pieces of art. In Leaves of Grass, Whitman wrote, `Whoever touches this, touches a man,' and I suppose I am drawn to a similar mode. All my poems are connected. The thoughts bleed forward and backward at once. They are extensions of each other, needled together by places and people and themes. One of those themes, perhaps the most prevalent in these poems, is an elegy to a failed American dream. The speaker is asking himself what remains once the romance has died, the land has been dredged, the myths have already been told." Kai Carlson-Wee has rollerbladed professionally, surfed north of the Arctic Circle and traveled across the country by freight train. His work has appeared in Linebreak, Best New Poets, Forklift
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: May 7, 2014
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