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Transom:
Could you tell us a little about the project that these poems come from?

Savich:
These poems are from Century Swept Brutal, a book that is forthcoming from Black Ocean.

Transom:
The second section ends, “they rise so haphazardly, it must be by design” – does that seemingly contradictory statement articulate a kind of ars poetica for this project?

Savich:
I don’t think so.

Transom:
The first and last sections end with a moment of surprising beauty, an announcement of a stumbled-upon epiphany. As readers, part of our pleasure in these poems comes from sharing in that sense of discovery, of having bumped into beauty while turning a corner, even though we know that the surprise is curated, deployed (by you). Is poetry a form of articulated attention?

Savich:
I have to believe so.

See more from Zach Savich on this collection, love, loss, location, and hating on haters over at: Thermos!