Dorianne Laux: “I came to poetry—this is almost a quote from my autobiography—through the doors of a novel called A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Not so much the novel itself, although I loved the novel very much, but there was a little quote at the beginning of the novel which was much like a poem. I mostly read novels as a child growing up, but there was something about poetry, the idea of rhyming and rhythm and language and the music in language that attracted me. And so I began to write poems that rhymed, and were in a meter and form, and then eventually broke out of that when I started reading contemporary poets and realized that they did no longer rhyme. But that’s how I came to it, through novels. Sometimes I think that’s why I ended up choosing to be such a narrative poet.” (web)
Dorianne Laux is the guest on episode #44 of the Rattlecast. Click here to watch!