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Transom:
Many of the poems in this issue seem to coalesce around themes of darkness and light. In what ratio of shade or illumination do your poems thrive? Does a dark poem need light, and vice versa?

Zedolik:
My poems thrive in 50% shade, as the relative darkness highlights my thoughts and feelings in relation to the object or situation illuminated.

Transom:
In the Roman Catholic Mass, the “oremus” is an invitation to stand for prayer. Though the catacombs of the old Christians are “far / from here,” they are still present for the speaker in a shared “gloom.” When, by the end of the poem, the darkness is of the speaker’s making, what role is left for faith?

Zedolik:
The role of faith is to provide a language for hope—thus “oremus”—which is is subjunctive— Let us pray, so allowing the possibility of these moments of transcendence even in somber or bleak situations.