Kat Dixon

Featured poet Kat Dixon is poetry editor of Divine Dirt Quarterly and author of four chapbooks — most recently Don’t Go Fish (Maverick Duck Press) and Birding (Thunderclap Press).  Her work is collected with bows at http://katdixon.weebly.com.

from THUNDEROUS can be any degree of sound


where do we go in dark houses?

this rain won’t stop for more than a sleep, and the time
we’ve kept by satellite is blown in terms of other terms

I get the impression you’ve been falling down stairs

— and all the while I’ve been waiting for
the appliances to fail   (haven’t you noticed
the way Buffalo makes everything else

taste like cereal?)

I say:  remember?  electricity starts in the ground
you say:  downpouring – what a gorgeous way of filling up the world


[ 8am Sunday and the beds are all made, which means that
we are free to discuss love without need of a tetanus shot ]


wouldn’t you presupposes that you would not –

(the collective experience of an on-rail
collision against the smaller parts of the back)

you’ve got the chimneys under
your eyes that say we have,

we have been too many

A conversation with Kat Dixon:

SP:  In order to prepare for this interview, we stalked you on facebook.  You’re so young!  We had no idea!  Talk about writing poetry while still under 21.  Do you have trouble being taken seriously?  Is it weird when you’re coupled with other “young poets” who are ten or twenty years your senior?

KD:  Ouch!  You’ve outed me on the first question!  I’ve never had any trouble being taken seriously as a poet.  Probably because I don’t advertise my age.  I just write poems, and sometimes people like them.  The trouble is that I look young.  This year especially I’ve been congratulated on my “high school graduation” at least a dozen times.  Usually I say thank you instead of making a sheepish correction.  Yes, I’m 20.  I’m a senior in college.  I’m too impatient to publish at 40.  As for a “weirdness” in being compared with other poets – never!  I’m always honored.  Plus I’m really bad at guessing age.  I automatically assume everyone is eight years younger than they actually are.

SP:  You have not one but two chapbooks coming out this summer.  Tell us about them.

KD: Yes, one – Don’t Go Fish – is out now from Maverick Duck Press, and a second – Birding – is forthcoming from Thunderclap Press.  Both are excellent, and I would highly recommend ordering them before they’re gone.  Birding will also be available as a free download, so really there’s no excuse not to read it.

SP:  Do you have a “writer life” that is separate from your “real life”?

KD:  Sure.  In my actual life, I pretend to be a writer.  Some people get confused and think I actually am one.  That’s how I become two.

SP:  What’s the story with “THUNDEROUS”?

KD:  These are excerpts from a longer work in progress.  I can’t tell you much about it because I won’t know until it happens.

SP:  How does working as an editor affect your work as a writer?

KD:  Editing affects my work just like everything I do affects my work.  I am fortunate to be an editor because it’s the very best way to know what’s going on in the poetry world.  What’s working and what’s not.  What’s important to get out there right away and what’s better left for reimagining.

SP:  So what’s the writing scene in Atlanta like?

KD:  I really can’t say.  I’m a shy thing sometimes, so I usually keep to myself.  But I hear there’s a booming writing scene happening somewhere in the greater metro area.

SP:  What’s a word you love to hear spoken?

KD: Wallow.  It’s a word that sounds like a somersault on the tongue.

SP:  Describe your writing process.

KD:  I write on the floor.   I keep a Thinking Notebook where I scribble fragments.  When a poem is near completion, I pace.

SP:  What’s your favorite – and we mean favorite – ice cream flavor?

KD:  Ooh tough.  Usually I’d say mint chocolate chip or anything that includes chunks of butterfinger.  But in Italy I’ve discovered gelato, and there is no going back.  Fragola gelato all the way.

SP:  Describe your artistic philosophy in 15 words or less.

KD:  Mostly I like to write poems that still feel like empty space.

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