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craving? And who or what has inclined you to sustain the work, develop it? Linda Blaskey: I started out as a prose writer, mostly short stories, and was fairly successful; even had a story selected for dramatic presentation by InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia. But then at a writer’s conference, in 2002, I was assigned to assist Fleda Brown, Delaware’s Poet Laureate at the time. My job was to handle the money while she signed books. During some downtime we discovered we both spent our young years in Arkansas. She signed her book, Fishing with Blood, to me and referred me to particular pages that had poems about Arkansas. And that was all it took – I wanted to write poems. Since I knew nothing about writing poetry, I sought out the guidance of others that were successful in that genre, people like Bruce Weigl, Erin Murphy, Fleda Brown, Carol Frost, Marie Howe, but especially Gerry LaFemina and Jo McDougall, Arkansas’s current Poet Laureate. Gerry and Jo have been long standing mentors. MRR: Your debut collection, White Horses, is lovely and heartbreaking. I couldn’t sleep the other night and read it, again, straight through, and it remains undiminished after several readings. Are there a couple of poems from the book you could touch on that might serve as signifiers of the whole? I mean in terms of process, empathy, image, and form. Your poetics balance an earthy richness, an authenticity of American experience, and a well-earned philosophy, as if from a lifelong friend. 14

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Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...

Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...

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