1 Which of your poems would be a good bribe to get out of a traffic ticket?
I guess the poem I would choose would be “United States of Love” published in the Alabama Literary Review a few years back. In this poem, I imagine a world driven by love instead of the punitive.
2 You are to give a presentation on a pre-20th century poet. Whom do you choose and why?
Since many folks don’t know about the Armenian poet Siamanto (Atom Yarjanian), it would behoove me to educate others.
3 Your work is closer to _____ ’s work (fill in the blank) than to _____’s work.
My work is closer to Mahmood Darwish’s work than to Anne Carson’s work.
The only writer I have ever been compared to is the late Mahmood Darwish. I bow to his talent. I do not dare compare myself to him, but I will take the compliment. As for Anne Carson, I can only hope to be as good as she is with metaphor and fragments.
4 Who are you reading? (poetry)
I have such talented friends, I pinch myself every single day:
Natalie Graham, Nicelle Davis, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Natalie Diaz, Chrys Tobey, Terry Wolverton, Mary Angelino, Arthur Kayzakian, Lory Bedikian, Alene Terzian-Zeitounian, Shahe Mankerian inspire me endlessly.
5 Do you have a favorite cafe where you read and/or write?