In my recent conversation with Sarah J. Sloat for the New Books in Poetry podcast, we discuss her new book Hotel Almighty (Sarabande Books), her process of discovering erasure poetry, and how the poetry form is really an expression of love for reading and books themselves. She notes,

“When I was young I thought poetry was something that belonged to the gods. Everyone who did it must be doing it exceptionally well. It’s like when you start to paint and you think, Oh, my god, I can’t paint. I’m not going to do it. But realize, everybody has to start somewhere.”

You can find links to listen to the podcast and read a sample poem here.

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