Paul Guest "My second book was being prepared for publication when I wrote `My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge.' The catalog copy--understandably, I guess--stressed a confessional, autobiographical bent in the poems. Which is not completely accurate, however attractive a selling point. "I began to write a series of poems that played (rough) with the idea, all of them titles that explicitly suggested autobiography: `My This and My That,' and so on. I used the opportunity to lie with abandon at times but also to be more honest than I had ever been. The two could hide in each other's shadows. The result was poems poetry that were a bit crazed, though none were as daft as this rude child. I had imagined a life for it, chained in the cellar, kept away from polite society, but this wasn't to be. I'm both happy and sad about this." Paul Guest is the author of Notes for My Body Double, winner of the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize; The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, winner of the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry; and the chapbook Exit Interview. He is a visiting professor of English
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 3, 2007
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